For thousands of years, religions have held massive influence over societies. Rulers have risen and fallen because of religions; economies have been built around them; and people continue to govern their day lives according to their rituals and theologies. The theme throughout this book is that while religions have many similarities, they are not the same and to declare so is “dangerous, disrespectful, and untrue.”
The author, Stephen Prothero, a professor of religion at Boston University, examines some of the most influential world religions (Islam, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Yoruba, Daoism, and Atheism). He looks at how each of these religions addresses specific human problems, such as Islam with the problem of pride and the solution of submission or Christianity with the problem of sin and the solution of salvation.
This is not a book on the history of religions, nor does it provide an in-depth perspective on these religions. Rather it encapsulates the core beliefs and gives insight as to how they continue to rock the world.
– John Repplinger, Librarian (3/12)