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God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World (Paperback)
In the twenty-first century, religion remains the single greatest influencein the world. But, argues religion scholar Stephen Prothero, persistentattempts to portray all religions as different paths to the same God overlookthe distinct human problem that each seeks to solve. For example:
Islam: the problem is pride / the solution is submission
Christianity: the problem is sin / the solution is salvation
Buddhism: the problem is suffering / the solution is awakening
Judaism: the problem is exile / the solution is to return to God
God Is Not One is an indispensable guide to the questions human beingshave asked for millennia--and to the disparate paths we are taking toanswer them today.
About the Author
Stephen Prothero is a professor of religion at Boston University. He is the author of "The White Buddhist "and "Purified by Fire: Cremation in American Culture," He has written for "Salon "and other publications.
“enormously timely, thoughtful and balanced”
-Los Angeles Times
“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.”
-The Daily Beast
“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.”
-Rodney Stark, author of Discovering God: The Origins of the Great Religions and the Evolution of Faith
“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.”
-Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of Interfaith Youth Core and author of Acts of Faith
“This book could well be the most highly readable, accurate, and up-to-date introduction to the world’s major religions.”
-Harvey Cox, Hollis Research Professor of Divinity, Harvard University, and author of The Future of Faith
“A very much needed book!”
-Miroslav Volf, Professor, Yale University, and author of Exclusion and Embrace