God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World
Religion scholar Prothero asserts that it is time to replace nave hopes of interreligious unity with deeper knowledge of religious differences. A bold polemical response to a generation of misguided scholarship, God Is Not One creates a new context for understanding religion in the 21st century and disproves the assumptions about the way the world's religions work.
From the Back Cover In the twenty-first century, religion remains the single greatest influencein the world. But, argues religion scholar Stephen Prothero, persistentattempts to portray all religions as different paths to the same God overlookthe distinct human problem that each seeks to solve. For example: Islam: the problem is pride / the solution is submission Christianity: the problem is sin / the solution is salvation Buddhism: the problem is suffering / the solution is awakening Judaism: the problem is exile / the solution is to return to God God Is Not One is an indispensable guide to the questions human beingshave asked for millennia--and to the disparate paths we are taking toanswer them today.