God Is Not One
The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World--and Why Their Differences MatterBook - 2010
The best-selling author of Religious Literacy makes the provocative argument that the differences between the world's religions are far greater than we have acknowledged--and that we ignore this at our own peril. 75,000 first printing.
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.
Prothero (religion at Boston U.) presents this pragmatic analysis of the eight major religions of the world, their fundamental differences, and how the all inclusive religious attitudes brought on by the Age of Enlightenment have made the world a more violent place. The author's primary argument is that the counter- culture belief that all religions are essentially the same and are simply different paths leading to the same spiritual result is not only wrong, but quite dangerous. Prothero profiles each of the major religions to reveal that they all have dynamically different world views and solutions to spiritual problems. This book, appealing to those studying religion, presents a bold new approach to how different religions work and the way in which they are perceived. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Argues that the differences between the world's religions are far greater than previously acknowledged, and presents cautionary advice against underestimating these differences.