The #1 New York Times i> bestselling author of Zealot i>
and host of Believer i>explores humanity&rsquo;s quest to
make sense of the divine, and sounds a call to embrace a deeper, more
expansive understanding of God. b>
In Zealot, i> 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, &ldquo;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.&rdquo;
But this projection
is not without consequences.
We bestow upon God not just all that is good in human
nature&mdash;our compassion, our thirst for justice&mdash;but
all that is bad in it :our greed, our bigotry, our penchant for
violence. All these qualities inform our religions, cultures, and
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, unencumbered by the urge to impose human characteristics
upon the divine.
Whether you believe in one
God, many gods, or no god at all, God :A Human
History i> will transform the way you think about the divine and its
role in our everyday lives.
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