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Book Club: 'God Is Not One' by Stephen Prothero

February 2014 Book Club Selection:

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

What Boston University professor of religion Stephen Prothero objects to is the idea that (1) all religions are one, or (2) all religions are "the same idiocy, the same poison." . The first opinion Prothero attributes to "the perennial philosophers" and people like Indian saint Ramakrishna. The second he hangs on those he calls "the New Atheists." He calls these mind sets "Godthink."

To counter these misconceptions Prothero has written "God Is Not One" to give the general reader a detailed account of what each of eight religious traditions profess, believe, and practice and how they actually do differ. He adds a ninth chapter on atheism which--especially in the writings of "the New Atheists"--he defines as something like a religion itself.

The Book Club meets monthly in the HCC Community Center.

Hosted by Roy Towne.

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  • Douglas H.

    Most informative

    February 22, 2014

  • Tim

    What a waste of time. I watched him on Colbert twice and on Daily as well as read his various articles. His position on the relevance of religion is overstated. Yes, we should study comparative religion but only on ourjourney to understanding there are so much better ways to comprehend the world. And his pompous view on "New Atheism" is especially off the mark. His "Atheist's need a different Voice" article in USA Today was just a rehash of the same errors in the last chapter of his unimpressive book (good book review, "Difference Before Dialogue: Stephen Prothero’s God Is Not One" by Nicholas Dion)

    January 29, 2014

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