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. T ...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...more
Aslan starts with the first humans of “Adam and Eve.” He explains how they performed burial rit ...more
He describes conversion as an opinion change and has o ...more
Where the book falls short for me comes in a trinity, if you will. First, its near sole focus on ...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 didn´t quite fit in with the rest of the book. It ...more
Yes, Aslan is honestly a genius and I love his way of thinking I think he is one of the few people in our time who thinks of religion from a spiritual and an academic point of view at the same time! But what I noticed about Aslan is that he always states his arguments in a "matter of factly" way, and he always bases his ...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
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
The earliest evidence of religion is found in cave paintings dating as far back as 41,000 years ago. Aslan di ...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