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God Is Not One Publisher: HarperOne (edição: 2010)

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At the dawn of the twenty-first century, 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? Scholar Stephen Prothero argues that it is time to replace naïve hopes of interreligious unity with deeper knowledge of religious differences. He maintains that each religion attempts to solve a different human problem, and examines each of these traditions on its own terms to create an indispensable guide for anyone who wants to better understand the big questions.--From publisher description.… (mais)
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Etiquetas:World Religions, Islam, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Yoruba, Judaism, Daoism, Taoism, Atheism, comparative religion

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God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World—and Why Their Differences Matter de Stephen Prothero

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If you are looking for a book that gives an honest review of Islam, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Yoruba, Judaism, Daoism/Taoism, and Atheism this is your book. I was assigned this as a textbook in a religion class and was bowled over. ( )
  Cataloger623 | Oct 24, 2021 |
Islam, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Yoruba religion, Judaism, Daoism, atheism--not paths up same mountain
  ritaer | Aug 24, 2021 |
Couldn't get through it... Maybe try again later.
  andrewbredow | May 15, 2020 |
Religion remains the holder of traditions which influence the world, and many liberals portray them as different paths to the same "truths". Although he never explains exactly what is "dangerous" about this universalist discernment, Stephen Prothero disagrees. Ironically, however, in this accessible and scholarly work, Prothero displays their differences such an engaging and sympathetic way that he creates the compassion which is the underlying unity of Religions. And importantly for "comparing and contrasting", this work presents a system for analyzing the eight largest "faiths". We all do this, because beliefs are always "rivals".

He fairly notes that there are similarities, but he flags their differences. He suggests that the universalism of their themes is an "Atheist lie". [66] However, he fails to demonstrate that Religious difference are more fundamental than their similarities. He suggests that the factions within each Religion are monuments to the differences. [66]. Many of us disagree, since many of the sects within each Religion expose "difference without a difference". Schisms within the Protestants and Muslims are more profound than between them, facts which Prothero in fact acknowledges. There are, of course, historical conflicts between nations--involving panoplies of political, economic, and cultural belief systems.

Prothero systematically presents eight rival religions, starting with the "most influential" (not "largest"): Islam: The Way of Submission, Christianity: The Way of Salvation, Confucianism: The way of Propriety, Hinduism: The Way of Devotion, Buddhism: The Way of Awakening, Yoruba: The Way of Connection, Judaism: The Way of Exile and Return, and Daoism: The Way of Flourishing. In the 9th Chapter a Brief Coda on Atheism: The Way of Reason.

The subtitles he attaches are his own, which he uses to take us into and across these eight silos of Faith. ‘“The Tao has ten thousand gates,’ say the masters, and it is up to each of us to find our own.” Prothero describes the comparison: “To explore the great religions is to wander through these ten thousand gates. It is to enter into the Hindu conversations on the logic of karma and rebirth, Christian conversation on the mechanics of sin and resurrection, and Daoist conversations on flourishing here and now (and perhaps forever). It is also to encounter rivalries between Hindus and Muslims in India, between Jews and Muslims in Israel, and between Christians and Yoruba practitioners in Nigeria. Each of these rivals offers a different vision of “a human being fully alive.”

Religions diagnose the human problem, prescribe cures, and provide models for living. For Muslims, pride is the problem, the solution is submission in an orthopraxy devoted to a metaphor of Five Pillars--saying the Shahadah, salat (prayer), zakat (charity), sawm (fasting), and hajj (pilgrimmage). The exemplar is Muhammad [38]. Citing Wilfred Smith, Prothero sees a parallel between Jesus and the Quran. "Whereas the Word of God that is Jesus came into the wold through the pure vessel of a woman who had never had sex, the Word of God that is the Quran came into the world through the pure vessel of a man who could neither read nor write. Reciting the Quran, therefore, is like partaking of the Christian Eucharist. It is how you incorporate the divine into your body." [39] While adding these astonishing parallels, Prothero inexplicably drops the women out of the history of Muslims--his first converts, transcribers of his dictations, and Aisha as the author of most of the Hadiths. The Quran is preoccupied with doctrine rather than narrative, telling How Muslims should do things. The suras are presented in order of their length. A persistent social theme is justice, forcefully and frequently on behalf of the helpless and poor. [42] Islam emphasizes life after death--"Hundreds of verses detail the horrors of hell, the splendors of Paradise, the rewards awaiting martyrs, the mechanics of the resurrection, and the prophesies and procedures of the Day of Judgement." [43] The Quran (and the prophets) warn us not to forget. So the Quran is revelation recited, and reminder to remember. Prothero provides frequent citations to the Holy Quran, in a granular study of text.

Christians say Sin is the problem, and salvation is the solution;

Confucius taught that education and ritual are key techniques. "Over the long haul of human history, Confucianism may have carried more clout than any other religion." [101] The Analects provide the Golden Rule before Jesus' utterance and the mandate of knowing your self, before Socrates. "The Great Man understands what is moral; the small man understands what is profitable." [102] Behind the rise of Asia is the "invisible hand" of Confucius.

The Buddhist exemplars are the arhat (for Theravadins), the bodhisattva (for Mahayanists), and the lama (for Tibetan Buddhists).

Daoism sides with "freedom, spontaneity, and naturalness". [101, 279]

The first chapter proposes a four-part approach to comparing Religions: Each religion articulates a Problem, a Solution, a Technique, and an Exemplar.

Yoruba,

Atheism is briefly discussed.

It does not appear to me that Prothero even arguably refutes the emergent view that those who have "spiritual experiences" are not in fact worshiping the same God.

We join with Prothero in seeing the need to view the differences between our religions to discuss and understand them.

He uses the word "dangerous" without spelling out why the discovery of the common theme of compassion, for example, which the Dalai Lama has clearly expounded, is dangerous!

Prothero compares the religions using objective neutral criteria: diagnosis of the human condition, the offered solution, the technique to implement the solution, and the human exemplar of the faith.

Compare this approach to that of Huston Smith who presses all religions into a Christian perspective, finding their sameness and even essential oneness with Christianity.

Atheism is not a completed analysis. Prothero suggests that Atheism is not as influential as the great religions, but is growing in influence. Its growth is perhaps "under the radar". Prothero seems to suggest that for Atheism, religion is the problem.

The subtitle is "Why Their Differences Matter". The point for all of us is that we coexist. We need to learn who we're coexisting with. ( )
  keylawk | Feb 11, 2020 |
God is not One by Stephen Prothero makes the point that all religions are indeed different. There are similarities between them, but many fundamental differences. That’s why there is conflict between nations’ political, economic, and cultural belief’s systems. Prothero therefore examines eight rival religions, viz., Islam: The Way of Submission, Christianity: The Way of Salvation, Confucianism: The way of Propriety, Hinduism: The Way of Devotion, Buddhism: The Way of Awakening, Yoruba: The Way of Connection, Judaism: The Way of Exile and Return, and Daoism: The Way of Flourishing. In the 9th Chapter a Brief Coda on Atheism: The Way of Reason was addressed.
‘“The Tao has ten thousand gates,’ say the masters,
and it is up to each of us to find our own.”
Prothero wrote, “To explore the great religions is to wander through these ten thousand gates. It is to enter into the Hindu conversations on the logic of karma and rebirth, Christian conversation on the mechanics of sin and resurrection, and Daoist conversations on flourishing here and now (and perhaps forever). It is also to encounter rivalries between Hindus and Muslims in India, between Jews and Muslims in Israel, and between Christians and Yoruba practitioners in Nigeria. Each of these rivals offers a different vision of “a human being fully alive.” Each offers its own diagnosis of the human problem and its own prescription for a cure…. Muslims say pride is the problem; Christians say salvation is the solution; education and ritual are key Confucian techniques; and Buddhism’s exemplars are the arhat (for Theravadins), the bodhisattva (for Mahayanists), and the lama (for Tibetan Buddhists).”
Conflicts at the national and international levels are to be expected. But people and societies should aim at fostering interreligious understanding to be able to work together in peace. ( )
  erwinkennythomas | Nov 9, 2019 |
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At the dawn of the twenty-first century, 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? Scholar Stephen Prothero argues that it is time to replace naïve hopes of interreligious unity with deeper knowledge of religious differences. He maintains that each religion attempts to solve a different human problem, and examines each of these traditions on its own terms to create an indispensable guide for anyone who wants to better understand the big questions.--From publisher description.

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