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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (968 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Prothero Narrator: J. Paul Boehmer Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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At the dawn of the twenty-first century, dizzying scientific and technological advancements, interconnected globalized economies, and even the so-called New Atheists have done nothing to change one thing: our world remains furiously religious. For good and for evil, religion is the single greatest influence in the world. We accept as self-evident that competing economic systems (capitalist or communist) or clashing political parties (Republican or Democratic) propose very different solutions to our planet's problems. So why do we pretend that the world's religious traditions are different paths to the same God? We blur the sharp distinctions between religions at our own peril, argues religion scholar Stephen Prothero, and it is time to replace naÏve hopes of interreligious unity with deeper knowledge of religious differences.

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 submission
–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

Prothero 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Prothero is the kind of professor who makes you want to go back to college…To describe Prothero as ‘quick witted’ or his interests as ‘interdisciplinary’ wouldn’t do him justice.”


  • “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.”

    Daily Beast

  • “Provocative, thoughtful, fiercely intelligent and, for both believing and nonbelieving, formal and informal students of religion, a must-read.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Livia | 2/4/2014

    " 'God is not One' is almost better than 'Religious Literacy'. Taking a closer look at the 8 major religions was fascinating. Especially so were Judaism and the Yoruba tradition. I understood more than I thought I did regarding the basics of Islam. Daoism somehow seems murky and odd...it seems almost nonsenical. Mr. Prothero convinced me that religion really does matter, in spite of what some atheists will tell you. One such person, long ago, said religion is a 'waste of time', which is extremely short sighted. Whether you believe or not, it pays to have an understanding of the basics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joe | 1/30/2014

    " As indicated, this was an amazing book. First, Prothero summarized in a concise way the basic teachings of eight religions. He clearly outlined the major differences between them highlighting how they see the "human problem" and their solution: Islam: the problem is pride/ the solution is submission; 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 exhile/ the solution is to return to God. Prothero clearly states how ignorant most people are concerning various religious beliefs. How can one condemn a religion if you know nothing about it? In most cases, he says, it the "extremist" in ANY religion that gets the attention. In his book "Religious Literacy" Prothero demonstrated how little Americans know about THEIR OWN religious traditions. "God is Not One" is a MUST READ for those willing to learn. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kevin Brown | 1/30/2014

    " I really like Stephen Prothero's work, but this book wasn't as strong. I think that's partly because I know the basics of many of the world's religions, which is what this book covers. I was looking for more of an argument, which he gives in the introduction and conclusion, where he lays out his idea that the various religions are trying to offer different solutions to different problems. Unfortunately, he doesn't follow that argument throughout the book. Instead, he simply summarizes their main beliefs/actions. If you're looking for a good overview of eight major religions, this book is it. If you're looking for the argument he promises, you'll need to keep looking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sagar Patel | 1/28/2014

    " Prothero is a brilliant scholar, and an even more brilliant writer. Through the exploration of the eight great religions of the world, and a special segment on the spread of atheism, Prothero does not lose his storytelling technique, encouraging religious literacy and provoking profoundly crucial questions to the understanding of humans relations to religion. All in all, this was a spectacularly informative and entertaining read. "

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About the Author

Stephen Prothero is a professor of religion at Boston University and the New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and God Is Not One. He and his work have been featured on the cover of Time magazine and on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Daily Show, National Public Radio, and other top national media outlets. He writes and reviews for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Boston Globe, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Salon, Slate, and other publications.