Analysis Of Stephen Prothero's God Is Not One

analytical Essay
707 words
707 words

As the world becomes increasingly more interconnected, differences among the many religions prove to be obstacles to the global society. In an effort to overcome these obstacles, religious authorities propose the essential sameness of all religions (that all religions point towards the same goal); however, this hypothesis oversimplifies all religions to an arbitrary base. On the other hand, Stephen Prothero’s, the author of God Is Not One, proposal for the acknowledgment of the differences preserves the multidimensional aspects of religions. By rejecting the hypothesis of a basic and similar structure of religion, Prothero allows for them to exist as complete entities; however, Prothero also creates false barriers that over differentiate religions. …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how stephen prothero's proposal for the acknowledgment of differences preserves the multidimensional aspects of religions.
  • Analyzes how prothero's "godthink" portrays all religions as focusing solely on a type of faith.
  • Analyzes how prothero's argument preserves religions in their full form, but ignores the similarity of all human beings.
  • Analyzes how prothero's refusal of any common basis between religions contradicts the fact that humans compose them.

It is not possible that these religions cannot share some commonalities, since all religions are formed by members of the same species. Although he claims all religions to be different, Prothero still easily forms a four-part study to them all, identifying in all religions a problem, a religious goal, a technique to reach this goal, and exemplars who chart the path to this goal (14). Though Prothero created this method in order to show that all religions have different motivations behind them, he also shows that all religions have a similar structure in which they approach the problems that they identify. Later, Prothero creates a sports analogy in order to highlight the different aims of each religion. In this analogy, he asks which sport is the best at scoring runs, and says the answer “is baseball, because runs is a term foreign to basketball, tennis and golf alike (22).” Although the specific term runs is particular only to baseball, the idea of scoring points is the same in all of the sports he listed. Similarly, in religions, though the specific names and the attributes of the problems and religious goals that different religions propose may be different, the base ideas behind these things are similar, since humans asked these

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