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God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World

HarperOne (2010)

In God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World, New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and religion scholar Stephen Prothero argues that persistent attempts to portray all religions as different paths to the same God overlook the distinct problem that each tradition seeks to solve. Delving into the different problems and solutions that Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Confucianism, Yoruba Religion, Daoism and Atheism strive to combat, God is Not One is an indispensable guide to the questions human beings have asked for millennia—and to the disparate paths we are taking to answer them today. Readers of Huston Smith and Karen Armstrong will find much to ponder in God is Not One.

Acclaim for

God is Not One

Powerfully-written, Paradigm-shifting

"Stephen Prothero has done it again. 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."

– Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of Interfaith Youth Core and author of Acts of Faith

Timely, Thoughtful, and Balanced

“Throughout this enormously timely, thoughtful and balanced book, Prothero fears a world blinded to the consequences of religious ecstasy, but he is also mindful that religions have been forces for good as well, and that science has shown there to be evolutionary benefits that come from religion: Indeed, belief and practice may be fundamentally human.”

Los Angeles Times, June 9, 2010

Highly Readable Introduction to the World’s Major Religions

"This book could well be the most highly readable, accurate, and up-to-date introduction to the world's major religions."

– Harvey Cox, Hollis Research Professor of Divinity, Harvard University, and author of The Future of Faith