Brett's Reviews > God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World--and Why Their Differences Matter

God Is Not One by Stephen R. Prothero
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Nov 23, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 52-in-2010, god, history, non-fiction, nonfiction, philosophy, religion
Read from November 23 to December 14, 2010

If you are looking for an in depth study of the world's religions, this is not the book (nor is it intended to be). If, however, you would like to gain a basic understanding of the history and purpose/goals of the eight "great" religions, this is a great place to start.

The underlying theme of God Is Not One is that all religions are not just the same thing in a different wrapper. In fact, Prothero says, you cannot understand a religion that is not yours by looking at it through the lens of your own religion. For example, Christians will never understand Islam or Daoism if they look at those religions in terms of how you can find salvation. (You can't).

All in all, an important book that would benefit anyone who wants to understand the rest of the world. You may even learn something new about your own religion.

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