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Reza Aslan, an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions, is author most recently of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. He is the founder of AslanMedia. Read Reza Aslan's biography on RezaAslan. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — God by Reza Aslan. In Zealot, Reza Aslan replaced the staid, 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 a 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. 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 challenge the way you think about the divine and its role in our everyday lives.
Writing with all the verve and brilliance we have come to expect from his pen, Reza Aslan has once more produced a book that will prompt reflection and shatter assumptions. In tracing the commonalities that unite religions, Aslan makes truly challenging arguments that believers in many traditions will want to mull over, and to explore further.
This rewarding book is very ambitious in its scope, and it is thoroughly grounded in an impressive body of reading and research. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. More Details Original Title.
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Jan 31, Always Pouting rated it liked it. This was a really interesting book about how religion emerged or formed through human history. It presented a few theories for the emergence of religion and the universal presence of religion in human societies. The thing though is that a lot of these ideas the author says aren't sound but then he doesn't make convincing case for why not.
I think the cognitive biases are more than enough to explain the emergence of religion, regardless of if you are or are not religious, but he kind of brushes o This was a really interesting book about how religion emerged or formed through human history.
I think the cognitive biases are more than enough to explain the emergence of religion, regardless of if you are or are not religious, but he kind of brushes off them being the sole explanation without justifying why in a convincing manner. Also not sure if this is on the author but I also don't get how the things highlighted as paradoxes are actually contradictory?
Like I've heard of the "contradictions" and issues with theology before outside of this book and it has never made sense to me honestly. Why cant god exist as one supernatural being and Jesus still be divine or like if Allah is unique and unknowable and omnipotent why can't he still give rise to the world. I'm not even religious but like I don't get what about those things are like causing an issue in people's minds.
It seems like something you can easily accept as being true. Also that ending just didn't feel well written or like it wrapped up the book in a satisfactory way. I do think the book was interesting and I learnt a lot, I just wish the author had done more to justify his assertions through out it.
View all 3 comments. Fuller Torrey. It presents the evolutionary theory of the creation of gods by examining the cognitive development of man and I found it truly fascinating. In this short work, Reza Aslan similarly explores the creation of gods by man. It's not a scientific approach and I found little if nothing new in the first two thirds of the book.
I appreciate this is largely because I'd already read Torrey's work. In the final third however, Aslan explores comparative theories of gods or God, looking closely at Judaism, Christianity and Islam. His analysis is excellent and leaves me wanting to learn more about the origins of religious thought, narratives and materials.
It seemed inevitable to me that Aslan's arguments would lead to the firm conclusion that gods are, or God is, a human construct. In his work Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth he provides a critical analysis of the human construction of the Jesus narrative and this work looked to be heading to a similar rational conclusion.
Then, in the final pages, Aslan, who was raised in Islam, converted to Christianity and then returned to Islam, talks about his most recent conversion to Sufism and his 'epiphany' when he came to realise that God is all. In other words, God is everything and everything is God, whether you believe it from a spiritual viewpoint, religious or scientific stance, everything in our universe including ourselves is God.
I was rather taken aback by this, what seemed to me, sudden change in direction from a logical, measured view to a spiritual one. I enjoy Aslan's writing and thinking but I was a little bit disappointed that his conclusion, to me at least, appeared to signal that he wasn't so much exploring the question of who or what or why or if there is a god or gods but seeking in the end to justify his own belief. I'm left wondering how someone with such depth of knowledge and learning of the human construct of gods, the historical machinations that led to, for example, the creation of the Jesus cult and monotheism, can still have such a profound faith.
The answer is that throughout the evolution of man this need for a superior being or beings has continued to be innate. Belief in a soul that is separate from the body has emerged in every society throughout time and it is this belief that, in Aslan's own words, begat our belief in God and that is why it's so difficult to resist.
View all 23 comments. Nov 29, Darwin8u rated it really liked it Shelves: , nonfiction , myth , religion , history , own. His basic thesis is that the need to humanize god make him like us is neurological, etc. At the root of this book, Aslan travels from early ideas about the development of religion down to Islam and Sufism to explain how pantheism progressed to monotheism through several iterations.
Here is where Aslan's book is different. Aslan's book deserves to be near these books, while not perhaps, to be treated as an equal among God books. View all 11 comments. Jan 15, Malia rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fiction. This book was a bit of a disappointment. I had expected something more enlightening, or at least new information, which was not what I got. It did not offer much in terms of new ideas or knowledge, and some of Aslan's points struck me as faulty.
The fact that his conclusion is that god or gods are a human construct made me th This book was a bit of a disappointment. I sometimes envy believers the comfort they derive from their faith. Aslan is religious himself, and I felt his conclusion was not so much an offer of a succinct answer, but rather a justification of sorts for his own belief.
I do wonder how someone who has educated himself so deeply on this subject is truly able to hold on to profound faith? I would be very curious what readers who are religious thought of this book. All in all, not one I would recommend. I realize Aslan cannot provide answers to which there are none that can be given, no evidence to provide, but I still would have wished for something a little more insightful or thought-provoking than what he offered.
View all 13 comments. Nov 10, Mehrsa rated it really liked it. This book is well written and fascinating. But I suppose the outcome is different. The other books are much more thorough.
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Mar 24, Minutes Buy. Timely and persuasive, No god but God is an elegantly written account that explains this magnificent yet misunderstood faith. For many troubled Muslims, this book will feel like a revelation, an opening up of knowledge too long buried. While [Aslan] might claim to be a mere scholar of the Islamic Reformation, he is also one of its most articulate advocates. A fascinating, accessible introduction to Islam from the author of the 1 New York Times bestseller Zealot Though it is the fastest growing religion in the world, Islam remains shrouded by ignorance and fear. What is the essence of this ancient faith?
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