I’ve seen Reza Aslan on television a couple of times and he had struck me as knowledgeable, passionate and a very good communicator.
In this new book of his he is attempting to explain the birth of spiritual thought, how that developed into religions and then evolved into the few monolithic monotheistic religions that both unite and divide us.
By doing so he is challenging our relationship with the divine as well as our perspective on faith and the birth of religion.
The blurb claims that it: “challenges everything we thought we knew about the origins of religious belief, and with it our relationship with life and death, with the natural and spiritual worlds, and our understanding of the very essence of human existence.”
Does it live up to that blurb? Almost.
If this is the first book or even the second or third you’ve read on the history of religion it may well contain nuggets of interest and insight. But I’ve read a lot on this subject and I found very little in it that was new to me, I also saw a couple of presumptions that had no evidence to support them in the book.
I did find it pretty easy to read and the majority of it is well researched and the conclusions drawn seem reasonable.
NB I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in return for an honest review. The BookEaters always write honest reviews.