Iowa Professor: "Jesus Was a Muslim"

As a matter of full disclosure, I have a degree from a college in Iowa. It isn’t Luther College however, where the head of the religion department has made the assertion that Jesus was a member of a religion that didn’t exist until 600 years after he was dead:

“Was Jesus a Muslim?” asks Prof. Robert F. Shedinger in the beginning of a book he published this year entitled Was Jesus a Muslim?: Questioning Categories in the Study of Religion” I will answer with a very qualified yes.”
In a recent interview Shedinger also defended his controversial thesis explaining that a Muslim undergraduate student had sent him on academic odyssey that culminated with him asking himself “Was Jesus a Muslim?”
“Even as a Christian I have to answer yes to that,” said Shedinger, who is the head of the religion department at Luther College in Iowa.
Shedinger also argued that Islam is a better fit for Jesus since it is not a religion but a “social justice movement.” 
“I had to rethink what Islam is… I came to the conclusion that it was a social justice movement and I think that’s who Jesus was in the first century so I conclude Jesus is more like a Muslim,” he said.

Now wait a second, let’s use his logic.  According to this guy, Jesus fought for social justice, and Islam is a social justice movement, ergo Jesus is a Muslim.
Do you know what that means?
Barack Obama, champion of social justice for decades, is a Muslim. 
(now click the video)
One would think a published position such as this would garner some negative attention, possibly resulting in removal from a position as a teacher, let alone the head of the religion department.  Surely the college is going to make some changes:

A spokesman for Luther College, a small liberal arts school affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, told Campus Reform on Wednesday that the administration stands fully behind Shedinger’s scholarship.
“The administration is very very comfortable with the proposal, with the book, and with what his statements about this situation are,”  said Jerry Johnson, the school’s Director of Public Information. ”[T]he ground he is breaking with this book is not anything exactly earthshaking.”


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