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Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know--and Doesn't

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

See how much you really know about religion.

I think the author was correct in his view that Americans claim they are very religious but don't really know much about it. I agree with his view that it is important to teach religion in school. You need to learn religion not to believe any one religion specifically ...
I think the author was correct in his view that Americans claim they are very religious but don't really know much about it. I agree with his view that it is important to teach religion in school. You need to learn religion not to believe any one religion specifically but that you need it to understand the world. I am not sure about everything he claims, such as Protestantism was more of a reason religion was taken out of school than secularism. However, even where I am not in complete agreement with the author I thing he makes some good points. He also,has a religion test in the book in which I knew all about the Christian religion but not as much as I assumed when it came to other world religions.

posted by 697577 on April 6, 2009

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1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

You won't learn religious literacy from this book

I was hoping to learn about the world's religious from this book. The last chapter lists terms that were somewhat educational, although it is like reading a dictionary or brief encyclopedia entries. However, most of the book contains poorly constructed arguments for why...
I was hoping to learn about the world's religious from this book. The last chapter lists terms that were somewhat educational, although it is like reading a dictionary or brief encyclopedia entries. However, most of the book contains poorly constructed arguments for why we should know more about religion. Indeed, Stephen Prothero's writing is arrogant. For instance, he refers to a biblical reference by President Bush in a speach and is amazed that a CBS commentator didn't understand the refernce. Rather than explain the biblical reference to the reader, Mr. Prothero assumes that the reader would be as shocked as he is that the CBS commentator is not a biblical scholar. The reader is left wondering what President Bush's biblical reference meant.

posted by Anonymous on April 21, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    See how much you really know about religion.

    I think the author was correct in his view that Americans claim they are very religious but don't really know much about it. I agree with his view that it is important to teach religion in school. You need to learn religion not to believe any one religion specifically but that you need it to understand the world. I am not sure about everything he claims, such as Protestantism was more of a reason religion was taken out of school than secularism. However, even where I am not in complete agreement with the author I thing he makes some good points. He also,has a religion test in the book in which I knew all about the Christian religion but not as much as I assumed when it came to other world religions.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Interesting Argument I found Prothero's book to be very informa

    Interesting Argument

    I found Prothero's book to be very informative. I had not pondered very much on the subject of "Religious Literacy" in our country. His basic contention is that in order to really understand our country and the world as a whole we must have some kind of knowledge of the religious beliefs of our fellow national and world citizens. In fact, he believes it's essential to have such basic knowledge. The book is divided primarily into two parts. The first part provides historical background to the importance and influence of religion in the United States and also includes his primary argument. The second part is a dictionary of religious literacy. Overall, I feel the book was well written and that the author clearly expressed his argument. I particularly liked the dictionary of religious literacy at the end of the book. I learned a great deal just be reading that section. However, he does give the impression that he laments the "good ole days" when Protestant Christianity dominated much of our national culture. Especially, Protestant Christianity that focused on exgesis and doctrine. He seems a bit critical of Evangelicalism not to mention Secularism. Nevertheless, the book was extremely informative and I would certainly recommend it.

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