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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: Paul Boehmer, J. Paul Boehmer Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9780061988677
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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 questions human beings have asked for millennia—and 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.

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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.”

    Newsweek

  • “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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 12/23/2013

    " Ironically, this great book actually reinforced my opinion that there are far more commonalities in world religion than there are differences. But Prothero's eloquent point is certainly valid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 12/12/2013

    " I had to read this for a comparative religion class at college and I actually really enjoyed it. Prothero does a good job of giving a brief over view of all the major religions. I'm actually going to keep this book and not sell it back to the bookstore. Its a great reference and super interesting if you feel like you don't know much about other religions around the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrian Stevenson | 11/17/2013

    " Another book I'm reading as part of my quest to get a better understanding of religion. I consider myself to be an atheist, but I find religion endlessly fascinating. So far seems like an easy to read and quite accessible book. SO far so good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 10/21/2013

    " In a word, fascinating. I really learned a lot from this book, and in this day and age recommend it to anyone and everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 10/16/2013

    " A good description of eight major world religions, the diversity present within each group, and the differences in the ways that each approaches the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula Howell | 9/14/2013

    " Prothero is not advocating the trinity or multi-theism with that title; he simply grabs people's attention then points to the importance and value of being respectfully aware of one another. Engaging, useful, well-organized- I really liked reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 6/22/2013

    " Prothero seems more comfortable with some of the religions,but not all. The writing was a little uneven. And of course, it's always impossible to 'know' a religion from reading a book, but it helps re-enforce vocabulary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 9/22/2012

    " I learned a lot about world religions after reading this book. There was so much information that I couldn't take it all in. I plan to read this book again and learn more! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Agresta | 4/18/2012

    " Quite interesting views on differrent religions throughout the world. I didn't necessarily side with the author's thoughts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 2/20/2012

    " Very complex reading. Loved the introduction but I'm not sure the book really explained what it meant to be any of the religions mentioned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 2/14/2012

    " An interesting read on world religions intended to cover the ways that they differ, as opposed to the perceived contention by the author that the gestalt world view seems to be trending towards a perspective of unification. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 9/28/2011

    " Good book. I only read the parts I was interested in, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 7/30/2011

    " Exactly what I was looking for: an introductory comparative religion book. The author chooses 8 of the world's major religions and compares how different they are, in origin, design, aim, and practice. Easy to read and not too technical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Hietpas | 7/14/2011

    " For the most part this was an interesting and informative read. However, when I read the chapter on Atheism I was a little irate. He has a pretty obvious disdain for Atheists. It was the only chapter that I felt was infused with blatant bias. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward Sullivan | 6/21/2011

    " Accessible, informative, insightful. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 5/10/2011

    " Gave me a better understanding of some of the more popular religions in the world including values and differences. Worth a read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn | 5/4/2011

    " The idea of an objective examination of the major religions was a good one. Unfortunately, the author did not always remain objective. His personal editorializing and criticizing was at times intrusive. That, coupled with a tendency to ramble made the book tedious and an effort to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kharm | 4/10/2011

    " After having to read Houston Smith's World Religions for my theology course and getting progressively angrier with his depictions of polytheistic and atheistic religions as "oh but they're *really* monotheists like us," this was a relief.

    When is this coming out in paperback? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl | 2/6/2011

    " Enlightening summary and overview of world religions, with a brief supplementary section on atheism. I believe this book would be interesting to believers and nonbelievers alike, for it reveals cultural as well as theological diversity and unity in the major world religions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 1/20/2011

    " An interesting read on world religions intended to cover the ways that they differ, as opposed to the perceived contention by the author that the gestalt world view seems to be trending towards a perspective of unification. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 1/8/2011

    " This book does about as good a job as a secularist can do. Prothero is very respectful to all traditions he's covering and applies a consistent critical framework for exploration. Anabaptists even get a little love in the chapter on Christianity! :) "

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