Amazon Exclusive: A Letter from Stephen Prothero
Expressing his astonishment, Prothero (Religious Literacy) arrives late at the party that has been celebrating for years the diversity and plurality of the world's religions. Although he is correct in asserting that an entire generation of scholars, teachers, and interested readers have claimed in the interest of religious tolerance that the world's religions were simply different paths to the same one God, such a claim functions as little more than a red herring in what is otherwise a useful introduction to the world's religions. Once past that assertion, Prothero sets up a helpful model for examining each religion on its own terms: he explores a problem that dominates the religion, the religion's solution to the problem, the technique the religion uses to move from problem to solution, and the exemplar who charts a path from problem to solution. For example, in Buddhism the problem is suffering; the solution is nirvana; the technique is the Noble Eightfold Path; and the exemplars are the arhats, bodhisattvas, and lamas. Despite his naïveté about contemporary interreligious dialogue, Prothero's survey is a useful introduction to eight of the world's great religions.
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So far I have read thru Islam and I have to say the auther gives Islam a big break! Has he read the Quran? He seems not to have read it or he does not want to anger any one? Read morePublished 7 days ago by Seamus O.
I had to read this for a World Religions class. I thought the book was very interesting and well written. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ronald A Wright
Brilliant book, thoroughly recommend for students of religion and spirituality.Published 1 month ago by Whiteraven
Dr. Prothero has written a boring book in the way that thoughtful and well-reasoned ideas tend to be. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ean Behr
The author does a good job of summarizing the basic tenants of each religion. As I read the book I thought how wonderful it would have been to be a student of his so that I could... Read morePublished 1 month ago by RickWood5311