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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 submissionProthero 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.
–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
388 pages, Hardcover
First published April 20, 2010
“𝑪𝒉𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒂𝒏, 𝑱𝒆𝒘, 𝑴𝒖𝒔𝒍𝒊𝒎, 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒎𝒂𝒏, 𝒁𝒐𝒓𝒐𝒂𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒂𝒏, 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒏𝒆, 𝒈𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅, 𝒎𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒊𝒏, 𝒓𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒓, 𝒆𝒂𝒄𝒉 𝒉𝒂𝒔 𝒂 𝒔𝒆𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒚 𝒐𝒇 𝒃𝒆𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒚𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒚, 𝒖𝒏𝒊𝒒𝒖𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒆 𝒋𝒖𝒅𝒈𝒆𝒅.” – 𝖱𝗎𝗆𝗂
‘Still, I was discouraged to read so much of liars, evildoers, hypocrites, unbelievers, and idolaters [in the Quran]. I must admit, though, that something in me found all this God-fearing refreshing. In the modern West there is so much cheap chatter about befriending God that the prospect of fearing God seems almost illicit. What German theologian Rudolf Otto once referred to as the mysterium tremendum has been squeezed out of divinity and with it the prophetic possibility of punishment for those who glory in injustice.’