Holy Humans

Reza Aslan | Big Think

Did God make us in his image, or do we make him in ours? The answer becomes apparent when you ask devoutly religious people to describe their god.

Religious scholar Reza Aslan cites a series of studies by cognitive scientist Justin L. Barrett which show that, on paper, the devout tend to score a perfect A for theological knowledge but, in conversation, that theology flies out the window—a god who is omnipresent was just “too busy” to hear a prayer, for example. The more people reveal about how they imagine the divine, the more they describe attributes and biases they happen to possess, what Aslan refers to as divinizing ourselves.

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