John Dominic Crossan is nothing if not provocative. I have commented on here before that agree or disagree with him, love him or hate him, he has raised the profile of Jesus scholarship over the last 30 years.
Crossan is intentionality provocative. He is this way because this is how he thinks of Jesus. A first-century Jewish peasant challenging the status quo. He is a former Catholic priest who grew up in Ireland and has experienced firsthand the negative effects of empire. He is used some of personal matrix as a paradigm for interpreting the teachings of Jesus.
Not everyone has held Crossan in esteem. In an article at CNN titled The Blasphemous Portrait of Jesus he notes that his first ever "fan letter" said "If well were not already created it should be invented just for you." Others have called him things like "demonic" or "blasphemous." Not exactly the kind of charitable, Christian talk one would expect from the followers of Jesus. But Crossan does describe himself as a Christian, much to the objections of his detractors. Here is what the article has to say about Crossan's stand on faith and being a Jesus scholar.
Crossan is also reviled in a way that few scholars are.
The article gives an overview of Corssan's life and helps you to understand, perhaps just a little bit, where he is coming from. It is worth a read. As I said above, whatever you may think of John Dominic Crossan's schoalrship and conclusions, he was certainly made the field of New Testament studies a lot more exciting over the last 30 years.