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God Is Not One

The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World--and Why Their Differences Matter

Prothero, Stephen R.

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
God Is Not One
At the dawn of the twenty-first century, dizzying scientific and technological advancements, interconnected globalized economies, and even the so-called New Atheists have done nothing to change one thing: our world remains furiously religious. For good and for evil, religion is the single greatest influence in the world. We accept as self-evident that competing economic systems (capitalist or communist) or clashing political parties (Republican or Democratic) propose very different solutions to our planet's problems. So why do we pretend that the world's religious traditions are different paths to the same God? We blur the sharp distinctions between religions at our own peril, argues religion scholar Stephen Prothero, and it is time to replace naïve hopes of interreligious unity with deeper knowledge of religious differences. In Religious Literacy, Prothero demonstrated how little Americans know about their own religious traditions and why the world's religions should be taught in public schools. Now, in God Is Not One, Prothero provides readers with this much-needed content about each of the eight great religions. To claim that all religions are the same is to misunderstand that each attempts to solve a different human problem. For example: -Islam: the problem is pride / the solution is submission -Christianity: the problem is sin / the solution is salvation -Confucianism: the problem is chaos / the solution is social order -Buddhism: the problem is suffering / the solution is awakening -Judaism: the problem is exile / the solution is to return to God Prothero reveals each of these traditions on its own terms to create an indispensable guide for anyone who wants to better understand the big questions human beings have asked for millennia--and the disparate paths we are taking to answer them today. A bold polemical response to a generation of misguided scholarship, God Is Not One creates a new context for understanding religion in the twenty-first century and disproves the assumptions most of us make about the way the world's religions work.

Publisher: New York : HarperOne, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061571275
Branch Call Number: BL80.3 .P76 2010
Characteristics: 388 p. ; 24 cm


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Sep 22, 2011
  • jaxhere rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent and eye-opening introduction to the role which different religions have in our modern world.

May 21, 2011
  • roaddogg09 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I have to give Prothero credit. He wrote a book that gives a basic overview of the world's major religions. I thought I'd gain a lot, but in the end, I found it a waste of time. Prothero decided to include things from his own life and views and not an objective account for the world's major traditions. Yes, parts of the book explained the tenets of the religions, but these were overtaken by the author's need to put his own opinion forth. Also, he seems to have it out for atheists. He has nothing but negative things to say, which I have distasteful.


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