Is religion toxic or tonic? Is it a force for good or for evil? The answer is 'all of the above' – which is to say that religion is a force far too powerful to be ignored.
God Is Not One is the essential guide to learning about and understanding religion and its place in our global culture today, written for religious and non-religious people alike, and for people in between.
Stephen Prothero's fresh and controversial argument that the great religions present us with different paths up different mountains creates a new context for understanding the world's religions in the twenty-first century, and disproves the assumptions most of us make about the way the major religions work.
God Is Not One gives a brilliant chapter-by-chapter overview and analysis of Islam, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Yoruba Religion, Judaism, Daoism and atheism.
It will be an important reference work for years to come.
About the Author
Stephen Prothero is the New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and God Is Not One, and is a professor of religion at Boston University. He and his work have been featured on the cover of Time magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, National Public Radio, and other top national media outlets. He writes and reviews for the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, Salon, Slate, and other publications.
At last - a sensible book about why religion matters? Prothero has written from the perspective of an outsider about how the world's great eight religions have a huge influence on our world, and how you cannot understand the world without understanding the differences between these religions.
I haven't had a chance to read this yet, but his book trailer (for the more expensive US edition) is completely compelling.
|A Note on Dates and Diacriticals||p.x1|
|Chapter 1: Islam The Way of Submission||p.25|
|Chapter 2: Christianity The Way of Salvation||p.65|
|Chapter 3: Confucianism The Way of Propriety||p.101|
|Chapter 4: Hinduism The Way of Devotion||p.131|
|Chapter 5: Buddhism The Way of Awakening||p.169|
|Chapter 6 : Yoruba Religion The Way of Connection||p.203|
|Chapter 7 : Judaism The Way of Exile and Return||p.243|
|Chapter 8: Daoism The Way of Flourishing||p.279|
|Chapter 9: A Brief Coda on Atheism The Way of Reason||p.317|
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 5th May 2010
Dimensions (cm): 23.000 x 15.200