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Religious Literacy by Stephen R. Prothero
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Mar 07, 2010

it was ok

The historical overview of the way theology turned into morality in American religious culture in response to needs for tolerance and inclusion was interesting. However, the author's recurring, plaintive refrain that religious people have lost the "chain of memory" of their ancestral theology was off-putting. For most American's the "ancestral chain of memory" is not in our ancestral religion but in our DNA. From an atheist's point of view, the documented turn from dogmatic theological pronouncements to what is described by atheists as an evolved moral compass is particularly interesting. Only toward the end of the book does the author admit that in America, following what has happened in Europe, increasing religious literacy may actually lead to less religion. And, even in this book, I never did learn what the "holy spirit" is in that famous tri-part-god system.

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