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Reza Aslan tackles ‘God’ Nov. 13 at The Bing

Though events occur almost daily (or should that be nightly) at Auntie's Bookstore, sometimes it pays to look ahead. Which is what attracted me to an Auntie's-sponsored event that will take place on Monday, Nov. 13.

 A 7 p.m. reading at The Bing Crosby Theater by author Reza Aslan.

Aslan, an Iranian-born American citizen, is the author of four books, including the best-selling "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth." For this tour, he will be reading from his latest book, "God: A Human History." Aslan’s degrees include a B.A. in Religious Studies from Santa Clara University, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. in the Sociology of Religions from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Here are some reviews of "God: A Human History":

Publishers Weekly: "The book showcases Aslan’s signature style—verging on academic but always accessible—and his methodological agnosticism as he sets aside claims of truth about 'God' in order to explore theories on how humans have come to believe in gods, humanize them, deify humanity, and conceive of gods across the ages."

Kirkus Review: "Aslan provides an intriguing glimpse into the history of primitive human belief systems, as evidenced by such archaeological remains as cave paintings, burial sites, and primitive temples. He goes further to explore psychological and physiological reasons for the birth of belief."

Those interested in attending can get a free ticket by purchasing a hardback (or audiobook) copy of "God: A Human History" from Auntie's. Otherwise, tickets are $10.