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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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  • Dawn
  • United States
  • 11-20-17

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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Reza Aslan Does it Again

What made the experience of listening to God the most enjoyable?

Mr. Aslan has a perspective that few do. I wish to know however, why he has switched faiths so often. That would help put his books in perspective.

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Thou art God.

This was the most beautifully articulated lecture I have ever had the privilege of attending! Truly, we are taken on a journey with an alternating micro and macro scope. Reza Aslan as both author and narrator, is able to gracefully guide us through the evolution of the concepts of humankind through time. Though the timeline is linear throughout this book as humans develop, it is creatively written to weave back and forth from the perspective of hypothetical anecdotes allowing us to really take in what various stages of existence would be like as we travel through time. Reza Aslan has always had an amazing ability to convey information in a concise and easily processable manner. He is articulate as a public speaker but his gift for the written word goes beyond that of a scholar. This book is not a dry text you pick up at the university bookstore for a comparative religion course. This story is an experience that provokes wonder. That is a gift of any book. However you don’t have to have a degree in philosophy or be an academic to appreciate this book. It was written for consumption of the literate. I am an indecisive life-long student, when I am offered useful knowledge, from a passionate yet diligent source, shared with me through the method of a gifted tactful storyteller, well, that is an opportunity I will take with gratitude! (I will also take the time to review it on audible) Readers/ listeners of the internet, this is a book to read once in your life and again every ten years. I am very excited to know what the me from 10 years from now will get from this book. The me of today however, has just finished weeping over the last sentence read to me, by Reza Aslan.

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Unexpectedly Psychedelic!

The book is as short a history of “God” as may be walked and very fitting that the walk ends at your doorstep.
I had only heard of Aslan from Sam Harris’s view. So I assumed there must not be any of his works worth reviewing given their media quarrels...I was wrong and now I want MORE!
The history lesson alone is worth the buy BUT the contradictions viewed and explained (in all three Abrahamic faiths) allow you to better under your fellow man in his search for a relationship with god.
Any one who has explored psychedelics “knows” there’s something “there” beyond the self, the ego, the rationally testable; and at least subconsciously knows it’s God/The Universe poking back at YOU as if to say “Hey you silly bitch, don’t you remember?!” You ARE God!

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  • KN
  • 02-01-18

Enlightening. Insightful.

High marks to Mr. Aslan for writing such a fantastic book. Narration in his own voice lends authenticity to his work.

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  • LDKennedy
  • Aurora, CO United States
  • 01-31-18

Fascinating Take on Human History

A fascinating chronicle of human history in relation to our perception of God, focusing on the need to humanize god (and deify man), leading up to a very insightful conclusion. Quite a concise history, considering all the ground this covers, with lots of interesting tidbits.