Stephen Prothero’s Introduction – Discussion

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This week you read the “Introduction” to God Is Not One by Stephen Prothero. In the “Introduction” he discusses why he thinks it is important to study religion. He also discusses his major thesis for the book, which is that the major religions of the world are different, and that those differences matter. Therefore, we should learn about the specifics of each religious tradition so that we are aware of those differences. Prothero criticizes those who claim that religions are fundamentally the same, or all lead to the same destination.

For this discussion, I would like you to tell me:

1. One idea/opinion that you agreed with, disagreed with, or are confused by in Prothero’s Introduction. Be sure to include a quotation from the text to show us what that idea/opinion is. Why do you agree or disagree with it? Or, why were you confused by it and what would you like to learn more about?

2. Whether you agree or disagree with Prothero’s main thesis that religions are more different than similar. As we go through this course, do you think that you will find that the five religions we study are remarkably similar or remarkably different from each other? Why?

Your initial response must be at least 250 words and include one direct quotation from the reading (along with the page number).

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