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The number one New York Times best-selling author of Zealot and host of Believer explores humanity's quest to make sense of the divine and sounds a call to embrace a deeper, more expansive understanding of God.

In Zealot, Reza Aslan replaced the well-worn portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth with a startling new image of the man in all his contradictions. In his new book, Aslan takes on a subject even more immense: God, writ large.

In layered prose and with thoughtful, accessible scholarship, Aslan narrates the history of religion as one long and remarkably cohesive attempt to understand the divine by giving it human traits and emotions. According to Aslan, this innate desire to humanize God is hardwired in our brains, making it a central feature of nearly every religious tradition. As Aslan writes, "Whether we are aware of it or not, and regardless if we are believers or not, what the vast majority of us think about when we think about God is a divine version of ourselves."

But this projection is not without consequences. We bestow upon God not just all that is good in human nature - our compassion, our thirst for justice - but all that is bad in it: our greed, our bigotry, our penchant for violence. All these qualities inform our religions, cultures, and governments.

More than just a history of our understanding of God, this book is an attempt to get to the root of this humanizing impulse in order to develop a more universal spirituality. Whether you believe in one God, many gods, or no god at all, God: A Human History will transform the way you think about the divine and its role in our everyday lives.

©2017 Reza Aslan (P)2017 Random House Audio

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His best work yet

absolutely loved it! Reza just keeps getting better with each book this one is absolutely worth reading.

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thought provoking human history of God. weaves fascinating history with spiritually into an interesting perspective for anyone, no matter beliefs.

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God: a human history

One of the best books I have read explaining the history of God through the history of experiences of man; the changes, the different cultures. I was searching to understand God in religions but this book helped me understand more and make sense of it all.

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God is dog spelled backwards...

Another excellent book from Reza Aslan. Scholarly, detailed and well researched. He does well at giving voice to philosophical thoughts in an easy calming and natural manner.

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Fascinating and informative

I've always enjoyed Reza Aslan books. This one takes the reader back to when "humans" created God.

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Was a good overall history of beliefs and how religions got started. Plenty of insights

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Excellent Book

The beginning is a little dense but important to set the foundation. After two chapters I couldn’t put it down! Great book. Definitely recommend to anyone who truly wants to look at the origins of religion with respective to what was going on in the world at the time. Very insightful reflections. Beautifully brought all religious perspectives back together in the conclusion.

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Reza's New Effort

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Kind of enjoyed this listen and his personal lilting style.
That said, is his next book to be entitled "Life Itself ?"
"Zealot" sent me to the Book of Mark.
"No God but God brought me to the Koran".
This offerring made me remember Rumi

"Fish don’t hold the sacred liquid in cups!
They swim the huge fluid freedom.”

What other book might you compare God to and why?

His other two most popular works are excellent as well.

What does Reza Aslan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A familiar spoken style.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

In a world where...........

Any additional comments?

Don't call Tom Hanks to play you ;)

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Not very satisfying

Pales by comparison to his other (superb) books. No more than a long essay and, ultimately, an unsatisfying one.

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Finally, some truth. Refreshing.

I loved it. I wouldn't say that this is Reza's best work, but great nonetheless.