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Jason Gots: As far back as we’re able to peer into human history, way past the written or pictoral record, into the gravesites of our most ancient ancestors, there’s evidence of what you might call spiritual or religious belief. From the idea of a separate soul to animal spirits, to the anthropomorphization of trees and natural elements, pantheons of superhuman gods, and ultimately the inscrutable, sometimes indivisible gods of Monotheism, we’re Homo Credulous…creatures hardwired to believe in a reality that transcends the evidence of our senses.  

In his new book God, a Human History, my guest Reza Aslan looks at this history of belief, asking not so much why but how we’ve made and remade God in our own image since our very beginnings. 

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Reza Aslan Quote: Faith is ineffable…personal…and experiential.  It’s not rational, it’s experiential. Religion is  how we talk about faith. It’s the language that  we use to express this inexpressible experience.  And that language, like all languages, is made  up primarily of symbols.

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