God Is Not One
The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World
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.
Praise For God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World…
— 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.”
— The Daily Beast
“Provocative, thoughtful, fiercely intelligent and, for both believing and nonbelieving, formal and informal students of religion, a must-read.”
“An urgently needed and very nicely done corrective to politically correct nonsense.”
— Rodney Stark, author of Discovering God: The Origins of the Great Religions and the Evolution of Faith
“Stephen Prothero has done it again. This is a powerfully-written, paradigm-shifting book. How religious differences can be a bridge of cooperation rather than a bomb of destruction is one of the most important challenges of our era, and Prothero is as good a guide as you will find.”
— Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of Interfaith Youth Core and author of Acts of Faith
“This book could well be the most highly readable, accurate, and up-to-date introduction to the world’s major religions.”
— Harvey Cox, Hollis Research Professor of Divinity, Harvard University, and author of The Future of Faith
“A very much needed book!”
— Miroslav Volf, Professor, Yale University, and author of Exclusion and Embrace
HarperOne, 9780061571282, 400pp.
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
About the Author
Stephen Prothero is the New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and God Is Not One and a professor of religion at Boston University. His work has been featured on the cover of TIME magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, NPR, and other top national media outlets. He writes and reviews for the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, The Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Salon, Slate, and other publications. Visit the author at www.stephenprothero.com or follow his tweets @sprothero.