God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World--and Why Their Differences Matter
  • God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World--and Why Their Differences Matter
  • God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World--and Why Their Differences Matter

God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World--and Why Their Differences Matter

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by Stephen Prothero
     
 

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In God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World, New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and religion scholar Stephen Prothero argues that persistent attempts to portray all religions as different paths to the same God overlook the distinct problem that each tradition seeks to solve. Delving into the different

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In God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World, New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and religion scholar Stephen Prothero argues that persistent attempts to portray all religions as different paths to the same God overlook the distinct problem that each tradition seeks to solve. Delving into the different problems and solutions that Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Confucianism, Yoruba Religion, Daoism and Atheism strive to combat, God is Not One is an indispensable guide to the questions human beings have asked for millennia—and to the disparate paths we are taking to answer them today. Readers of Huston Smith and Karen Armstrong will find much to ponder in God is Not One.

Editorial Reviews

Rodney Stark
“An urgently needed and very nicely done corrective to politically correct nonsense.”
Eboo Patel
“Stephen Prothero has done it again. This is a powerfully-written, paradigm-shifting book. How religious differences can be a bridge of cooperation rather than a bomb of destruction is one of the most important challenges of our era, and Prothero is as good a guide as you will find.”
Harvey Cox
“This book could well be the most highly readable, accurate, and up-to-date introduction to the world’s major religions.”
Miroslav Volf
“A very much needed book!”
Booklist
“Provocative, thoughtful, fiercely intelligent and, for both believing and nonbelieving, formal and informal students of religion, a must-read.”
The Daily Beast
“God is Not One is 2010’s must-read for anyone religiously illiterate….Don’t know much about the world’s faiths? Get a copy now.”
Los Angeles Times
“enormously timely, thoughtful and balanced”
Publishers Weekly
Expressing his astonishment, Prothero (Religious Literacy) arrives late at the party that has been celebrating for years the diversity and plurality of the world's religions. Although he is correct in asserting that an entire generation of scholars, teachers, and interested readers have claimed in the interest of religious tolerance that the world's religions were simply different paths to the same one God, such a claim functions as little more than a red herring in what is otherwise a useful introduction to the world's religions. Once past that assertion, Prothero sets up a helpful model for examining each religion on its own terms: he explores a problem that dominates the religion, the religion's solution to the problem, the technique the religion uses to move from problem to solution, and the exemplar who charts a path from problem to solution. For example, in Buddhism the problem is suffering; the solution is nirvana; the technique is the Noble Eightfold Path; and the exemplars are the arhats, bodhisattvas, and lamas. Despite his naïveté about contemporary interreligious dialogue, Prothero's survey is a useful introduction to eight of the world's great religions.
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ISBN-13:
9780061571282
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/03/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
388
Sales rank:
239,730
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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Rodney Stark

“An urgently needed and very nicely done corrective to politically correct nonsense.”

Miroslav Volf

“A very much needed book!”

Eboo Patel

“Stephen Prothero has done it again. This is a powerfully-written, paradigm-shifting book. How religious differences can be a bridge of cooperation rather than a bomb of destruction is one of the most important challenges of our era, and Prothero is as good a guide as you will find.”

Harvey Cox

“This book could well be the most highly readable, accurate, and up-to-date introduction to the world’s major religions.”

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