On the heels of Friday's FoxNews.com interview with Reza Aslan, a 10-minute interaction which has resulted in significant conversation on the internet and beyond, on Monday evening "Piers Morgan Live" invited the author to share his reaction and interpretation.
"Look, I mean, truly I was kind of embarrassed," says Aslan, of the interview which forced him to explain why, as a Muslim, he's qualified to write a book about Jesus. "There's nothing more distasteful than an academic having to like trot out his credentials. You really come off as a jerk when you do that. It was very hard not to keep mentioning that I'm actually qualified to write this book, so let's talk about the book instead."
A religious scholar with a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School, Aslan's book "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" became an Amazon number one bestseller on Monday.
Speaking live with Piers Morgan via satellite in Seattle, Wash., the 41-year-old exuded a great deal of class when speaking of the woman whose line of questioning served to raise quite a few eyebrows:
"I just want to say, I completely understand where Lauren Green is coming from. I kind of feel bad for her. The truth of the matter is that when you write about religion like I do, you're writing about something that people take very seriously," he explained. "A lot of people, whether it's Muslims or Christians or Jews or what have you, feel sometimes that academics like myself are attacking their faith, attacking their very identity. But nothing can be further from the truth."
Watch the clip for more of Morgan's discussion with Aslan, and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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