God: A Human History
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, Asla ...more
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 To ...more
- Reza Aslan, God: A Human History
A basic overview of the development of Monotheism written for popular consumption. Nothing really new, except for Aslan's obvious narrative skill (there are a certain band/level of nonfiction writer that always seems like the nonfiction version of a TED Talk, Aslan fits into this band). ...more
First the book has a section that explores why human beings bel ...more
The beginning of this book assumes a lot about the thoughts and experiences of Paleolithic people, and those foundational ideas tinge ...more
this book is more than just a history of how we have humanized God. It is also an appeal to stop foisting our human compulsions upon the divine,because this is the key
to a more mature, more pea...more
Honestly, my experience with ARCs so far was very disappointing. Also, I haven't encountered Reza Aslan before. So my expectations were pretty low to start with.
But then I started reading... and was blown away. This is such a strong book. It is succinct, very balanced, logical and delightful to follow. The author is a fantastic storyteller! This is a non-fiction story that will steal you away from your fiction TBR. Th ...more
يا لهُ من كِتاب!
ممتع. سلس. جميل. ونافِع.
الأسلوب الذي كَتَب به رضا أصلان هذا الكتاب كان جاذباً جداً وسهلاً. مما منح الكِتاب ميزة هامّة وهي المتعة أثناء القراءة – رغم أن المعلومات المطروحة فيه ربّما لو طُرِحَت بشكل آخر لأصبحت مملة.
يبدأ الكِتاب بمسألة الروح. ويُناقِش في هذا الباب سؤالاً هاماً: من أين جاء الإنسان بفكرة الروح؟
ويطرحُ الكتاب مسألة الروح كشرارةٍ بدأت معها سيرة الأديان وتطورها. فيُقدّم رضا عدةً محاولات لتفسير نشوء وتطور الروح والدين، فيبدأ بمدرسة نُكران الدين التي يُمثّلها فرويد. حيثُ يع ...more
Thanks to Netgalley and Random House for an advanced copy! All opinions here are my own and are not influenced by them.
Admittedly, I do love Reza Aslan, though. I’ve read two of his books and one of them completely changed my viewpoint on things. My religious studies professors sometimes talk about him to bring up various issues since he’s a well-known guy who studies religions and talks about them. Not only that, but I’ve often wondered how ...more
Aslan starts with the first humans of “Adam and Eve.” He explains how they performed burial rit ...more
I am, in my essential reality, God made manifest. We all are. So then, worship God not through fear and trembling but through awe and wonder at the workings of the universe – for the universe is God. Pray to God not to ask for things but to become one with God. Recognize that the knowledge of good and evil that the God of Genesis so feared humans might attain begins with the knowledge that good and evil are not metaphysical things but moral choices. Root your moral choices neither in fear of et...more
67% of color evangelicals voted for Hillary
Reza sees race in the numbers. Do you?
"I am not the first person to point this out: There’s been a cultish quality to President Trump’s most ardent supporters. Throughout the campaign, and in personal appearances since then, Trump has harnessed the kind of emotional intensity from his base that is more typical of a religious revival meeting than a political rally, complete with ritualized communal chants (‘Lock h ...more
The chapters on the Old Testament, Christianity and Islam and the Sufis were the most interesting. It was a shame that the book ended so abruptly - Taoism, Buddhism and Philosophy and Science were crammed into the penultimate chapter - and the personal opinions of the first (few) and last chapters didnt quite fit in with the rest of the book. It f ...more
He describes conversion as an opinion change and has o ...more
The earliest evidence of religion is found in cave paintings dating as far back as 41,000 years ago. Aslan di ...more
This was a lot shorter than I expected, the actual content taking up only about 50% of the book. However, the rest of the book is the authors bibliography, notes, and research which I appreciated. When reading non-fiction it's nice to be able to see where the author is getting his source material and the amount of research he put in. And even though it is on the shorter side ...more
تدور رحلة الكتاب حول الإيمان بالإله. ما هي صورة هذا الإيمان، وما هي صورة المعبود فيه؟
تقوم الفكرة الأساس للكتاب على أنّنا نعبد صورتنا، ونشكّل صورة ما نعبد على صورة ما نحن عليه أفرادًا ومجتمعات أوصورة ما نحبّ أن نكون عليه. أي أننا "نؤنسن" صورة ما نعبد، وفي ذلك تقريبٌ وتجسيد ل ...more
Where the book falls short for me comes in a trinity, if you will. First, its near sole focus on ...more
I suppose if you know nothing of early monotheisms that predate the one you may subscribe to then there may be something interesting for you here.
If you think our natural inclinations to suppose agency where there is none and assumptions that there is something eternal about our own consciousness (read: soul) have not bee ...more
Dr. 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.com, an online journal for news and entertainment about the Middle East and the world, and co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of BoomGen Studios, the premier entertainment brand for creative content from and abou...more