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READER ñ DOC God Is Not One Ô GOPROLED ç ➮ [Read] ➪ God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World By Stephen Prothero ➺ – Goproled.co.uk In God is Not One The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and religion scholar Stephen ProtheIn God is Not One The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and religion scholar Stephen Prothero argues that persistent attempts to portray all religions as different paths to the same God overlook the distinct problem that each tradition seeks to solve Delving into the different problems and solutions that Islam Christianity Buddhism Judaism Confucianism Yoruba Religion Daoism and Atheism strive to combat God is Not One is an indispensable guide to the uestions human beings have asked for millenniaand to the disparate paths we are taking to answer them today Readers of Huston Smith and Karen Armstrong will find much to ponder in God is Not One Too bad this book's enlightenment wasn't available fifty years ago But back then no one would have had the knowledge to include all of what Prothero covers The academic study of religions has come a far way in fifty years Prothero maintains a neutrality as much as he can throughout his book but it is not difficult to discern that personally he is fascinated by accepting of and impressed by the supernatural dimensions of mankind's cultural existence The title of the book serves to be provocative while also laying the foundation for his ongoing argument against the contemporary Godthink that lumps all religions together in one trash can or one treasure chest p 335 On one side of the Godthink continuum are the New Atheists he makes distinctions between Angry ie confrontational New Atheists and Friendly ie non confrontational civil Atheists who blame religions and people of faith for all or most of the world's ills On the other side are the perennial philosophers who in spite of all evidence to the contrary try to homogenize all religions into one loving peaceful and harmonious syncretismThe chapters are arranged in Prothero's judgmentally arbitrary order of each religion's pervasive influence on the state of the world placing Islam first and Daoism last This arrangement influences how he substantiates many of his arguments and uses illustrations as he refers back to material covered in previous chapters This trait does make it difficult to pick up the book to read a chapter in the middle or towards the end He has given each religion about the same number of pages in the book which I thought was the wrong decision Christianity with its offshoots and many permutations is no doubt the most diverse divided and irreconcilable collection of beliefs and traditions but is covered by one of the shortest chapters So I thought this treatment rather shallow For example Coptic Christianity which looms large with millions of followers in North Africa is ignored The Masonic Order and other Christian esotericisms which originated in the middle ages and have had significant influence on politics economic forces and even on the founding of the United States are also ignored Christ basedJesus inspired New Age religious movements including New Thought which are having a huge following in contemporary society in large measure thanks to Oprah Winfrey are not discussed In the chapter on Islam I thought a page or two should have included the world encompassing Baha'i Faith which sprang out of Shia IslamThe author feels that the importance and legitimacy of Yoruba aka Santeria has been overlooked and so he clearly overcompensates by providing page after page of detailed and confusing information on its pantheon of gods orishas and ceremonial practices Confucianism and Daoism may also be described in too much detail for some readers Another peculiarity of this book is how Pothero's attitude comes through by how much respect or lack thereof he affords to each religion This can be measured by his lack of criticism or his disparaging remarks By this measure he is clearly most respectful of Judaism Daoism Buddhism and Yoruba in that order but less so of Christianity and Islam Confucianism and Hinduism seem to fall in betweenHis inclusion of atheism in a short chapter at the end is very contemporary in view of recent anti religious missives and tirades Prothero deserves a great deal of praise for this book and it is well worth reading for students and laymen and keeping on the shelf as a reference One thing is clear Religions are in a continuous state of evolution Many of us can participate in moulding the future to be accommodating to believers of different faiths Hopefully t

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In God is Not One The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and religion scholar Stephen Prothero argues that persistent attempts to portray all religions as different paths to the same God overlook the distinct problem that each tradition seeks to solve Delving into the different problems and solutions that Islam Christianity Buddhism Judaism Confucianism Yoruba Religion Daoism and Atheism strive to combat God is Not One is an indispensable guide to the uestions human beings have asked for millenniaand to the disparate paths we are taking to answer them today Readers of Huston Smith and Karen Armstrong will find much to ponder in God is Not One The book begins in an interesting way and has a deep pull factor; it's readable I certainly finished it The linguistics and philosophical issues that arise from a simple use of 'gog' are profound BUT be warneda It's written by someone who is clearly drawn towards straightforward comparative religion which itself is not a deep criticism but means that the book lacks depth on a theoretical level Even as a book on comparative religions it's actually uite poor it says nothing about different religions and their relationships to sex money economics eating dressing womens issues individual freedoms etc There is actually a good reason why he doesn't go into these deatils and that's because it means opening up a hornet's nest of controversy that this author is uncomfortable with ;b He is not very objective it's written from a very conservative agenda of only ever saying nice things to religion which gets a little tiresome;c His shocking treatment of 'new athies' shows his biased sensibilities After happily concluding the 'new atheism' is indeed a religion he then goes on to treat without any of the respect and consideration he gives to the other religions sure new athiests have valid concerns issues and experiences too? Why are they never probed and empathised with?Is you want a book on comparative religion there's much better out there than this If you want a debate about the word 'god' where we are all talking about the same thing OR are under an illusion here and are actually talking about very different things then wait for someone to has analytic training and rigourIn brief don't bother

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God Is Not One The Eight Rival Religions That Run the WorldIn God is Not One The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and religion scholar Stephen Prothero argues that persistent attempts to portray all religions as different paths to the same God overlook the distinct problem that each tradition seeks to solve Delving into the different problems and solutions that Islam Christianity Buddhism Judaism Confucianism Yoruba Religion Daoism and Atheism strive to combat God is Not One is an indispensable guide to the uestions human beings have asked for millenniaand to the disparate paths we are taking to answer them today Readers of Huston Smith and Karen Armstrong will find much to ponder in God is Not One God Is Not One attempts to discuss the big differences between the world's major religions It is not a completely dispassionate review the author clearly has his own opinions although he is generally pretty good at not pushing them on the reader Prothero tries to draw order from chaos by summarizing the basic philosophies of these religions by distilling from each a central problem and solution For instance Prothero claims that the central problem in Christianity is sin and the solution that it presents is salvation The author asserts that these fundamental differences in perspective are crucially important as they colour the worldview of each religion's millions or billions of adherents His critical thesis is that these religions are not fundamentally the same and he takes issue with the currently popular message to the contraryI refer to this book as a primer for good reason Each religion is given only two or three dozen pages much of which is devoted to basic precepts and cultural context A great deal of detail is sacrificed in order to get to Prothero's core points Experienced readers of comparative religions texts might take issue with some of the author's omissions and generalizations In particular as other reviewers have noted the selection and explicit ordering of religions whose chapters are arranged from most to least important within the book might raise some eyebrowsDespite these points I regard this book as a good starting point for new readers who may be unfamiliar with broad strokes differences between the world's major religions Prothero celebrates the differences that he presents and plainly seeks only to educate and not offend new readers The text is both engaging and informative and is not difficult to read in an evening or two For many readers this may be a better place to start than a staid textbook on religious studies