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It is, of course, much easier to assume that all religions are one than to actually make the effort to figure out the significance of differences. In an age that fears disagreement and argument, discussion about difference has become taboo.

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The result is interfaith dialogue, and the fantasy that a focus on similarity can bridge the gap of difference , God Is Not One provides an alternative to this rhetoric. Each of the eight religions presented is approached using a similar formula, one that implicitly structures each chapter.

According to Prothero, each religion can be understood as a system which puts forth a a problem to be solved, b a solution to that problem, which takes the shape of the religious goal, c a technique for moving from the problem to the solution, d an exemplar, one whose pursuit of the religious goal can be emulated , So, to use Buddhism as an example, the problem is suffering, the goal is to put an end to reincarnation, the technique involves the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, and the exemplar would be the Buddha.

The body of the book itself is unlikely to contain anything revolutionary for the scholar of religion; we all know our world religions by now, I would think. The chapters themselves do not shy away from historical controversy.

God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World and Why Their Differences Matter

Inter-religious conflicts and wars, intra-denominational schisms, debates over orthodoxy—all of these are addressed where relevant. In this sense, he wants practitioners to recognise themselves in his descriptions. Forgot password? Old Password. New Password.

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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. What would you like to know about this product?

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