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God: A Human History | Reza Aslan
From the bestselling author of Zealot and host of the new CNN series Believer comes a fascinating account of humanitys struggle to make sense of the divine, and how the idea of god, from its prehistoric origins to its emergence as a single divine personality, continues to offer new ways of connecting people of different faiths today.
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anhphuongt

Faith is a choice; anyone who says otherwise is trying to convert you.

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Reza Aslan blew me away when I read Zealot a few years ago, so I had high expectations for this quick read. He takes a scholarly look at why religion exists by taking us through a brief history of humanity, posing questions, theories, and thoughtful observations. As a non religious person myself, I find different faiths, beliefs, and gods fascinating. Humans are interesting creatures. Very thought-provoking read!

TheWordJar This sounds like a great read. I‘m also non-religious, but reading about all the different gods that have come and gone throughout history and humans‘ relationships with them, I find the whole subject fascinating. 13mo
britt_brooke @TheWordJar I‘m with you 100%! 13mo
Readergrrl I may be an atheist but I firmly believe that we need to be religiously literate. If 97% of humanity believes in a supreme being, then why wouldn‘t we want to know as much as we can? I feel deeply that if humans spent more time trying to understand another‘s belief system, we would find more in common than different. Just my 2 cents. 13mo
Readergrrl I also find it interesting that the three of us who commented on this post all identify as areligious... 13mo
britt_brooke @Readergrrl I agree 100% !! 13mo
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I like it a lot! I wish it was longer. Almost half the page count is footnotes and appendices. But ignoring that, it‘s a pretty tight little tour through humans‘ interpretation of the divine and feels pretty personal for Aslan. He‘s probably not for everyone but if you‘ve read his other books (I‘ve only read Zealot besides this and enjoyed it) then you‘ll probably like this too!

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This is exactly how I felt playing Harvest Moon 64.

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dariazeoli
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Started this one this morning and so far, it‘s fascinating. As much as we have invented and adapted, we‘re not so different from our primordial ancestors.

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kammartinez
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Full review here: https://wp.me/p21txV-Fg

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ of 5 ⭐️s

Really fascinating read with great scholarly groundwork, but the ending was a bit of a letdown because it doesn‘t have the same kind of depth as everything else. Still a great read though!

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kammartinez
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You know your nonfiction read is pretty solid when practically half the book is dedicated to the bibliography and index. Didn‘t expect any less of Reza Aslan :).

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Markblum
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A survey of human conceptions of god thru the ages, tracing the changes as cultures and politics have changed

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“This belief is called animism - the attribution of a spiritual essence, or ‘soul,‘ to all objects, human or not - and it is very likely humanity‘s earliest expression of anything that could be termed religion.” I HOPE YOU ARE ALL KEEPING WARM! I haven‘t been warm in DAYS and I am enjoying this book.

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Jen2
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Very interesting

Cathythoughts That‘s a good point 👍 2y
GripLitGrl True!💖 2y
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nomadreader
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Fascinating (and rather short on audio!)

MrBook A #TBRtemptation from today 😁👏🏻! 2y
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#TBRtemptation post 1! I've read another of his books and it was thought-provoking, so I think I'll give this one a try too. Just released. This is an account of humanity's continuous struggle to come to terms with the divine, and how the idea of God/gods has evolved from prehistory through today, with differences in a plethora of realized faiths. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

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razmanda
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This feels sacreligious. 😂😂😂

LitLogophile 😂 2y
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nomadreader
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Now on audio...

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Kristy_K
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"What is God? That question has been at the center of the human quest to make sense of the divine from the very beginning."

One thing that needs to be stated clearly: this is not a religious novel. This is a book that takes a look at God through the context of history.

I enjoyed how Aslan related history, society, and cultural to the context of god(s). It creates an informative, well-rounded, and at times fascinating read.
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#netgalley

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NerdyRev
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An excellent and well research history of gods through the years from cave drawings to Allah. While this is not the first such history, Aslan's name will bring attention to the book. I am sure it will set some off as it is a hands off historical look at god rather than a religious one. I thought it was excellent. Warning though, only half the book is writing and the rest is notes.

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Was just approved. So many muppet arms!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Awesome! Good for you! 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Appropriate last name. 2y
NerdyRev @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Yes it is. CS Lewis approved! 2y
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