Episode
December 6, 2017

Our need to humanise God. A conversation with Reza Aslan

Author, commentator and religious scholar on his latest book, “God: A Human History”
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As a young adult, Reza Aslan was greatly inspired by a quote from the German philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach in his book “The Essence of Christianity (1854)": “Only a being who comprises in himself the whole man can satisfy the whole man.” Aslan subsequently spent much of his adult life studying the world’s religions.

In his latest book, “God: A Human History” Reza Aslan studies why we have a need to humanise God, and our brain is hardwired to do so. He explores why people, of all faiths, have a compulsion to see God as a divine version of ourselves, as a human being, but with superpowers. Aslan studies this tendency through history, early writing and stories in religious text.

In our show with Aslan, we’ll discuss the book, his research  ... and his opinions on US politics. Join in with your questions and comments at 1930GMT.

On this episode of The Stream, we speak with:

Reza Aslan @rezaaslan
Author, "God: A Human History"
rezaaslan.com

Rachel Newcomb @rachelnewcomb
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Rollins College

Tyrone Beason @tyrone_beason
Reporter, Pacific NW Magazine
 

Read more:

Why we made God in our own image - Washington Post
The dangerous cult of Donald Trump - LA Times 

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