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

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Again Reza did a great job.

It is hard for me to understand how somebody as intelligent as Reza can be so close minded when it comes to politics. Nevertheless I enjoy all of his books as they are well researched and honest. Although I consider him a radical left winger I, unlike him, am open minded enough to give his books the credit they deserve. Besides in the end of the book he describes all of us as gods. Sounds good to me.

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An absolute joy

Reza Aslan has pulled off a magnificent thing here: he's managed to tell a story that I have been seeking out for most of my life in a way that is somehow surprising and illuminating. He has even come around to the same conclusion that I have after volumes of reading and countless hours in prayer and meditation. Still, it entertains and informs. It is hard to stress how rare it is to hear information that one knows already in a manner that clarifies it and invites one to consider it on a different level. Obviously, Aslan is a terrific presenter. His voice matches his writing style perfectly and everything about this audiobook flows beautifully. I cannot recommend this highly enough.

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Much needed commentary..

Reza Aslan has done a wonderful job in compiling Religious thoughts from multiple cultures to present a composite picture that is much needed in today’s world where religious dogma has risen to the top and tolerance fallen to the bottom

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God is in you.

easy to listen. God is in you .general review of historical and hypothetical story of God. similar to Karen Armstrong , story of God, with less details.

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GET IT!!

I loved it! The narrator is the author, he has a pleasant voice and he reads at a comfortable listening pace. If you have an interest in God, history, theology, the collective unconcious, or cosmology, you will probably enjoy this book. If you have strict interpretations about God and religion then keep an open mind about what the author is discussing, remember this is meant to be a historical account of humans' concept of God, of when it started and how it has transformed over time. The history starts with Adam and Eve and takes us to modern times. As someone of the Jungian mindset I found that this is an historical account that compliments Jung's theory of the Self.

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unbelievably great

i love it there is no way that you have read some thing like it before it is really worth it

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i never knowed anything like it before it's worth it a new perspective i love it