I just finished a fabulous book that is so enlightening about the religion. God : a Human History by Reza Aslan. It traces the rise and changes of religion as people have risen. Essentially we have made god in our image, and as we went from hunter gatherers to living in governed societies so did our gods. I had a few light bulb moments, he put some historical facts in perspective. I highly recommend it.
It may interest some here to first research Reza Aslan's credentials. He is certainly the media's "poster boy" intellectual "American Muslim". But it looks to me that non-mainstream progressive personalities call him out on his self-claimed credentials.
Sam Harris is certainly not a fan of Aslan. (And I seem to remember, but my memory is hazy on this, that Harris' friend and occasional collaborator, Maajid Nawas have also questioned Aslan's motives.)
Here's David Pakman's video questioning Aslan's credentials:
I added it to my list of books to read. I was greatly relieved that it isn't that long. I find reading about religion in general to be onerous. However, I get a lot of good recommendations of books on this site, most of which I enjoy reading.
Best book recommendation from this site to date(01-06-2018) has been "Sophie's World" which is a novel about the history of philosophy.