Friday, April 26, 2013

Popular Course Adoption: Stephen Prothero's GOD IS NOT ONE

God Is Not One By Stephen ProtheroWhen HarperCollins hired me in October, I suddenly became very aware of the logos of HarperCollins imprints in stores, in libraries, and especially at home. And it quickly became obvious that of the religious books I took from college to my apartment in the city, the overwhelming majority were published by HarperCollins. Our religion catalog is really amazing in its depth and scope, featuring titles that are among our most adopted across all genres.

Today I received a desk copy request for one of our most popular (and controversial) religious books that I'd like to share: God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World by Stephen Prothero for a class on the history of the world’s religions.

I’ve often heard, in efforts to minimize the differences and conflicts between the world’s major religions, that they all have the same origin—some early belief in transcendent unity—and so, they are all just different paths to the same God. Well, in Stephen Prothero’s view, this is minimizing and flat out wrong. In God is Not One, he contends that each of the world’s great religions is trying to solve a very different human problem, casting them inherently at odds:
Islam: the problem is pride / the solution is submission
Christianity: the problem is sin / the solution is salvation
Buddhism: the problem is suffering / the solution is awakening
Judaism: the problem is exile / the solution is to return to God
His arguments make this text a necessary foil to the Traditionalist School of religious thinking, popularized by scholars like Huston Smith and Karen Armstrong.

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