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.