God

God

A Human History

Book - 2017
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Explores humanity's attempts to comprehend the divine by giving it human traits and emotions, and calls for a more expansive understanding of God to develop a more universal spirituality.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780553394726
055339472X
Branch Call Number: 211 As51G 2017
Characteristics: xvi, 298 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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SFPL202
Sep 20, 2018

Excellent book with facts and timelines to give readers a larger perspective of the role of religion in our lives. In the end, the author chose to justify his belief in something that is ultimately his choice. Still an overall good read.

OPL_DavidD Sep 19, 2018

Thoroughly researched and accessible, God: A Human History is a thoughtful exploration of development of the idea of The Divine throughout our past. Through this book, it can be seen what ideas about God say about the people who develop them, as well as what our ideas say about ourselves. A thoughtful book that links the academic with the personal.

VaughanPLDavidB Aug 11, 2018

On the surface this book seems like a straightforward rational history of how the idea of God evolved in the conscious human mind as a way to explain existence and the nature of the universe. Look deeper and you'll see that the author is leading the reader to what he believes is the ultimate view of the nature of God and the universe: pantheism. This philosophy, as explained in this book, strikes me as a desperate attempt to reconcile the irreconcilable. It was a disappointing conclusion to an otherwise excellent book.

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Ms_Tiddilybops
Jul 29, 2018

This is a well researched history of religion that I enjoyed reading. There was opinion mixed in--especially in the conclusion, which has a distinctly different tone and feel that separates it from the rest of the book. I don't find other people's religious views offensive, however, so it didn't bother me too much. I would compare this book to "A Brief History of Time" except it's religious history instead of wormholes. If you feel like you would be offended by a strongly-presented scholarly opinion that differs from your own, just skip reading the conclusion.

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patcarstensen
Jun 25, 2018

I had a hard time getting started on the book, but when it got to the religions of the Middle East it got better. Some people will be furious about the book.

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serafini
Dec 03, 2017

no, it's non-fiction.

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crisfyler
Nov 27, 2017

This is Fiction, right?

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