Reza Aslan on Anthropomorphizing God

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Author Reza Aslan (Photo: Peter Konerko)

According to the Book of Genesis, God created man in his image, but according to author Reza Aslan, the opposite is true. Aslan says people feel an impulsive need to humanize God as "a divine version of ourselves," infused with all of humans' good and bad qualities. But attributing qualities like compassion, volatility and vengefulness to God also impacts how people approach government, culture and religion. Aslan joins us in the studio to discuss his latest book, "God: A Human History."

Reza Aslan, associate professor of creative writing, University of California, Riverside; author most recently of "God: A Human History"