God A Human Story By Reza Aslan

Book Review

Impressions

A monotheism experiment – “the climax of the fairly recent belief in a single, singular, nonhuman, and indivisible creator God as defined by postexilic Judaism, as renounced by Zoroastrian Dualism and Christian Trinitarianism, and as revived in the Sufi interpretation of tawhid; God is not the creator of everything that exists. God is everything that exists.” ~ God A Human Story

Nothing prepared me for this uplifting treatise on the intelligence of our evolution. We may be nature’s experiment, but humanity has always initiated its own exploration of the neural pathways that explain not only who we are but also how we are to each other.

 

The author Reza Aslan offers an explanation on how religions are constant constructs in evolution and is the creation of our civilizations.  So I ask have we engineered religions as guideposts to our evolution. Or is religion an organic living thing that progresses with civilizations.

This essay is not a read for those who understand or live religious dogma as an unchanging thing written on stone tablets. Rather this author explains concepts of the many religions we’ve embraced in clear and unambiguous terms. And his book is the brilliant product of much work. It comprises mountains of organized, substantive research and a discourse on the evolution and sometimes devolution of humanity’s faiths.

Divine humanization

From Lord of the Beasts to a redefined god stripped of carnal form to become a dehumanized god…”without shape or form – utterly transcendent and apersonal.” From God A Human Story

It is reasonable to surmise that the growth of religions becomes part of a learned pattern of thought that manifest by way of cellular memories. The disparate events in discoveries of cave art depicting similar objects of deity in other times and spaces begs the question, is there cellular memories embedded in our DNA.  And, do these objects contain a formula for organized religions necessary for humanity’s socialization?

Although bioresearch has evolved to a place that aggressively challenges what we don’t know about the cell and the intelligence fueling its organelles, it is safe to say that they may harbor information about the origin of the phenomenon we call organized religion.

For me the most compelling argument made by Mr. Aslan on how we struggle to awareness is in the advent of Marduk.  He was central to one of  the longest lasting religions that arrived during Babylonian times when humanity was grasping for an inclusiveness. In a society led by Cyrus the Great and when Judaism was still new and Yeshua ben Joseph (Jesus) wasn’t born yet, the kernels of a culturally changeable society came to be.

The preponderance of evidence reasons that Cyrus the Great constructed an inclusive nation that respected values of a culturally fluid civilization.   While slowly dehumanizing its center of worship, a god name Marduk.

Our imagination driven by what we understand dictates our need to make gods in images and traits we know best…ourselves.

It requires a brave heart

One must enter into the labor of religious research with an open mind and heart.  Reza Aslan owns both with a healthy dash of skepticism and bravery.

In my opinion, to argue the relevance of the constructs of our belief systems requires extreme courage. The evolution of religion is the tender under belly of all human cultures.  They compose the most personal self-identification of societies and sovereignty. It composes what we understand as the collective reasoning.

I wouldn’t, shouldn’t and couldn’t comment on this read as an essay on opposing religions. Rather it’s a talk on how our ‘systems of faith” evolved to reflect our relative truths.

This author delves very little into the nature of the societies that constructed these religions. In my opinion because Mr. Aslan’s course of study and this book is centered on the far more important stuff of explaining how religions work and its mind numbing effects on human progress.

Survival

Our objects of worship served to explain the unexplainable while aiding our survival as a specie.  Are we in the midst of embracing and expanding the precepts of a dehumanized religion?

This is genius writing on comparative religions and the processes of its creators and inheritors.

Story/Plot/Conflict

An extremely ambitious book becomes an easy read on the roots of religions and thoroughly researched story of comparative ideologies.

The cultural timelines and borders appear almost a blur.  The author clarifies those lines that seem to disappear in the miasma of disparate teachings of scholars separated or compromised by secular belief systems.

The book explains in simple terms how the conflict lies in man’s reasoning for living and the need to look elsewhere for guidance and comfort.

The human story preaches how the varied forms of deification and religious fables have endured and colored how we see experience our religions. This author makes this 12,000 to 14,000 years tale seem like mere steps in discoveries of whom we are and how beliefs have inform our lives.

Main Character

God

My Critique: Even for the most august of theologians can experience epiphanies in this read. This writing has the rare flavor of pure objectivity.

Genre: General audiences and an enlightening read.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Ways Harvey Changes Content Relationships by Barbara Cerda

While Harvey continues to wreak its worse, content strategists will reassess current projects or repurpose their favorite marketing channels.

The Houston Texas catastrophic weather event has struck the nation’s heart and soul. In the midst of it all, it is still too early to guestimate the damage to infrastructures and lives. As a result, content project managers will arrive to new understandings about strategizing marketing.

Whether designing or managing content marketing projects. Or just updating promotional strategies for existing teams and projects….Harvey will alter the nature of how we expedite commerce and trade.

Houston is home to a large number of Fortune 500 companies. Most are energy related giants that supply goods and cross services to many industries, both global and domestic. From fuel to plastics to product yields from research labs, the loss of man-hours and productivity will be costly to some and an inconvenience to most.

1. Evolutions in commerce and trade will require changes in how content marketing teams strategize.

Businesses like retail giant Amazon depend upon integrated logistics. Unpredictable and lasting effects of Harvey will cause unseen challenges to smooth delivery of product and services. This will test the strength of their customer response teams. Communication will be their first line of defense.

2. Emphasis on the changing costs of rebuilding high-rises, roads, bridges, and highways will require content project leadership able to create easily understood reports and proposals.

As the concrete dries, civil engineers and city planners will come to a new understanding of how standing water and bacteria effects concrete structures. The demand for project managing content to explain and put into English proposals needful of explanation will be in demand.

3. Extreme weather changes and forced shutdowns will motivate changes in technology and virtual work forces.

Building digital bridges that connect content project management teams will become more needful. With an eye on how to lessen loss of time and revenue…employers will depend more of outsourcing and virtual talent.

4. Because of the phenomenon of standing sewer water, Fortune 500 companies in Texas will experience inordinate numbers of sick employees.

The emotional stress of loss will burden existing healthcare costs, loss of time and wages. Marketing budgets will suffer and content will have to deflect budgetary changes while still delivering great content.

5. And finally and this is most important. As the frequency and severity of hurricanes, continue so will the need to create global warming awareness content.

Companies desiring to present to the public their global warming awareness must also alter business practices. That will elicit an event where customers’ will increasingly depend on marketing channels or social media for its social news and communications.

The Future of Video Promotional Content Holds Real Promise. by Barbara Cerda for ChapterSee

canstockphoto5982381 emarketing While debating on the how to or which promotional avenues work best in transporting your masterpiece into the realms of a digital rock star, consider this. Creating episodic videos to promote your book(s) can propel your bona fides as a high-ranking author and a New York Times bestseller.

Like forecasting financial markets, you want to judge performance; will video marketing tools deliver success? That path to ascension must demonstrate what is needful to be a trendsetter now and in the future. Maximizing your advertising efforts and dollars into promotional overdrive should be your top priority. Although, America and United Kingdom followed by Europe still hold the lead in purchasing power of digital devices, these sectors in emerging economies show trending healthy growth and future increases in usage and sales. An amazing expansion in growth of digital content is in EU, Middle East, and Africa or the EMEA. This is where global marketers have found their focus…and so should you. Incorporating videos into your eMarketing efforts safeguards your place in an expanding universe of new readers.

What does the world hold for writers who become thought and imaginative digital disruptors?

We all look daily for new and exciting content to highlight our days. Avid consumers of innovative writing are growing and so are the numbers of Indie writers and authors. To garner an ever-increasing readership, they are making of themselves superstars by way of social media. Successful authors are using the most powerful software available in becoming digital disruptors…the mind.

As the ultimate software processor, our brains absorb information faster when bombarded with appealing sights and sounds. New digital marketing applications designed to spark interest through videos is a phenomena that is expanding throughout digital marketing cultures. Leading the pack in the myriad cosmos of social media are the tried and true favorites that have had time to mature and become test proven. Favorites like Instagram, Youtube, Bing, Facebook, and Google (Alphabet) own unlimited resources fed by public money. They will gobble up the market share of social media users and marketers of the future. They have become the constant innovators and continue to adapt into a perfect biosphere for hawking books and content. They are also a prime place to keep an eye on what is current and new in video software and appliances.

Most applications for creating and editing videos are free or at a small cost to download. Coupling press releases with a 60-second video can boost sales by 54%. Although, collaborating with professional VNR (Video News Release) can be costly. Taking a few days to acquaint yourself with applications that make learning the process easy is worth the time. A few of the more popular ones is iMovie, Pinnacle Studio Pro, Kinemaster for Android, Movie Edit Touch, and Quik are features for Instagrammers. All are free or available for download at a nominal cost. An important scalable feature is that they are suitable for anyone with pics and videos sloshing about on their iOS devices. Look to the eMarketing giants who own organic growth and have the resources to hold their lead.

Facebook looks to retain its dominance in social media by promising to keep updating trademark applications like Instant Articles. Google is experimenting with in-Search Engine Results Page (in-SERP) for video advertising. Another feature of these applications is that they play friendly with universally popular web hosts and content management systems like WordPress. This enables social media participation and the sharing of promotional costs.

Coauthoring is growing in popularity.

Authors and digital marketers are collaborating on large and small content projects. The willingness to share varied writing style, language, skills, and genre preferences are creating content partnerships. They are helping in redefining digital promotional futures. Large projects like epic novels to short stories in fiction and nonfiction, authors are collaborating while sharing a title and promotional costs.

You own the power of words that will hold meaning in the digital world now and in the far future.

No matter your eMarketing choices, they must provide ease of tracking, be scalable across mobile devices, and be agile, engaging, and responsive. Video promotion checks all the boxes as one of the best promotional tools. Because of its nimbleness and unlimited growth potential, it also offers the best ROI (Return on Investment).

This is the first in our conversations on video promotions for books. ChapterSee cannot guarantee success in using this amazing tool but we welcome commentary and feedback on user experiences.