Genre: Religion / Non-fiction
Published on: 7th November 2017
Print length: 321 pages.
About the Author: 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 about the Greater Middle East.
His books include No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam (published 2005) and How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization and the End of the War on Terror (published 2009).
About the Book: 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.”
Review: In my 20 years on this Earth, I’ve spent almost, or at least, 10 years of it reading and falling in love with literature. Some books I’ve left on DNF (did not finish), some books I’ve read so many times I can probably quote them ( Even all this time? Always- Harry Potter). Very few of them though, have left me bewildered and bemused. Not necessarily in a good way.
The book started off really good well. The first sentence of the first chapter had me hooked and boy, was I excited. But, (and there is always a but) the book slowly deteriorated from there. It seemed the author was going around in circles. Maybe he didn’t feel that way but I sure as heck did.
Being a Muslim, it was very hard for me to connect or even understand some of the theories mentioned in this book. At the same time, my interest in the history of mankind and Wicca has peaked.
Despite all that, the book didn’t make me FEEL. As of yet, I don’t feel any different after reading this book which, hey, I was kind of promised.
The writing was very good, as I said, the beginning had me hooked. I really want to give another chance to this author. Maybe I’ll pick up Zealot.
All in all, I am glad I read this book as this genre is out or my comfort zone. I normally don’t go for religious and non-fics. But if you want to give it a chance, by all means.
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