God Is Not One  -     By: Steven Prothero
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HarperOne / 2010 / Hardcover

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Do the different paths of the world's major faiths lead to the same God? In this controversial follow-up to his best-selling Religious Literacy, Prothero highlights the unique aspects of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Confucianism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and other belief systems; argues for the preservation of their distinctiveness; and reveals why appreciating the separateness of various traditions matters. 400 pages, hardcover from HarperOne.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: HarperOne
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 1.25 (inches)
ISBN: 006157127X
ISBN-13: 9780061571275
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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.

Author Bio

STEPHEN PROTHERO is the New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and God Is Not One, a professor of religion at Boston University, and a senior fellow at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. His work has been featured on the cover of Time magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, National Public Radio, and other top national media outlets. He blogs for CNN's Belief Blog and writes for the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, USA Today, The Washington Post, and other publications. Visit the author online at www.stephenprothero.com.

Editorial Reviews

“enormously timely, thoughtful and balanced”
“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.”
“Provocative, thoughtful, fiercely intelligent and, for both believing and nonbelieving, formal and informal students of religion, a must-read.”
“An urgently needed and very nicely done corrective to politically correct nonsense.”
“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.”
“This book could well be the most highly readable, accurate, and up-to-date introduction to the world’s major religions.”
“A very much needed book!”

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 10, 2010
    Stephen Prothero makes it quite clear that he is not dealing so much with the spiritual oneness of god but with the differences occuring within each persons environment and hence tradition.Obviously anyone praying to god, regardless of their name for god or their religious background will be praying to god. The big difference occurs when a group of people from different races, environments and different socio economic backgrounds isolated from each other for thousands of years create their own perceptions and traditions of god. Each of them claim that only their religion will provide salvation.It is not the belief in god which is different, only the rules (traditions)created by man are different.
  2. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    May 3, 2010
    Jon Monday
    It seems to me that Stephen Prothero bases much of his academic writing on misrepresenting the words and works of Joseph Campbell, Aldous Huxley, and Huston Smith. I'm not sure why he needs to do this. If his premise is correct, it should be able to stand on its own.<br /><br />I work closely with Huston Smith and created and maintain his official website. I think Stephen Prothero grossly misrepresents Smith's statements and position on this subject. Neither Huston, Huxley, nor Campbell have said that "all religions are the same" or anything like that. What they say is that there is one underlying Reality (call it God, Creator, Self, Ground of Reality, etc.) that the different religions, in their distinctive ways, refer to. <br /><br />To suggest otherwise is say there is no God, or to ignore the very definition of God, or believe that there is more than one God, or claim that only one religion has it right, and the others have it wrong. Which is it that Prothero advocates?<br /><br />Prothero attributes Huxley, Smith, and Campbell as saying the differences between the religions are, "accidental." I am not aware of any of these three, or any Perennial Philosopher, saying anything of the sort. In fact, they have each addressed the differences as being very real and important to the practice of each faith.<br /><br />Prothero says, "People don't lump communism and democracy as the same, just slightly different. Why should they do it with religions?" Again, no serious religious scholar but Prothero is saying the various religions are the same, but in any case, Communism and democracy ARE the same in that they are different means to govern people religions ARE the same in that they are different means to connect ones Self with its Source. It's a matter of defining what the underlying subject matter is.<br /><br />The ONLY way that Huxley, Smith, and Campbell say that the different religions are the same, is that they are all religions.
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