The Resource God : a human history, Reza Aslan

God : a human history, Reza Aslan

Label
God : a human history
Title
God
Title remainder
a human history
Statement of responsibility
Reza Aslan
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zealot and host of Believer explores humanity's quest to make sense of the divine in this concise and fascinating history of our understanding of God. 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. As Aslan writes, "Whether we are aware of it or not, and regardless of whether we're believers or not, what the vast majority of us think about when we think about God is a divine version of ourselves." But this projection is not without consequences. 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. Advance praise for God "Breathtaking in its scope and controversial in its claims, God: A Human History shows how humans from time immemorial have made God in their own image, and argues that they should now stop. 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."-Bart D. Ehrman, author of How Jesus Became God "Reza Aslan offers so much to relish in his excellent 'human history' of God. 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."-Philip Jenkins, author of Crucible of Faith
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Aslan, Reza
Dewey number
211
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
BL473
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • God
  • HISTORY / World
  • RELIGION / Agnosticism
  • God
  • God
  • God
Label
God : a human history, Reza Aslan
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Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
In our image -- The embodied soul -- Adam and Eve in Eden -- Lord of the beasts -- The face in the tree -- The humanized God -- Spears into plows -- Lofty persons -- The high God -- What is God? -- God is one -- God is three -- God is all -- Divine unity
Control code
on1010777312
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780553394733
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations.
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
DD13CEC3-6398-48E8-9932-A7AE5CDDA3D0
System control number
(OCoLC)1010777312
Label
God : a human history, Reza Aslan
Link
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
In our image -- The embodied soul -- Adam and Eve in Eden -- Lord of the beasts -- The face in the tree -- The humanized God -- Spears into plows -- Lofty persons -- The high God -- What is God? -- God is one -- God is three -- God is all -- Divine unity
Control code
on1010777312
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780553394733
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations.
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
DD13CEC3-6398-48E8-9932-A7AE5CDDA3D0
System control number
(OCoLC)1010777312

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