Zealot by Reza Aslan is one of the most refreshing books I’ve read in a while. Jesus’ actual social/ethical views (according to the Bible) are infinitely more intriguing than the supernatural qualities attributed to him. I had the very draining experience of growing up in an extremely conservative, fundamental Christian environment and I don’t think there is anything more unlike the historical Jesus than modern conservatism or Christian fundamentalism. The Jesus I grew up hearing about was either (weirdly enough) a pushover and a hippie or someone, for reasons that are still beyond me, that rich, mostly white, overfed, homophobic, misogynistic preachers thought would support the GOP and bless the USA. As an atheist I can nonetheless say I’m extremely interested in the tremendous inconsistencies there seem to be between the conservative Christian mainstream and Jesus. That is, someone who questioned and attacked social/political/economic/religious norms and demanded a radically different system by which society could operate more humanely toward the poor/minorities/social outcasts and was ultimately killed for it.