Different Mountains, Different Paths on the Colbert Report

June 17, 2010

June 17, 2010

Does this sound familiar? For those 175 of you who studied with me last semester in "Human Images and World Religions" and "Eastern Philosophies and World Religions," at High Point University, the following interaction between Stephen Prothero (Boston University) and Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report) should sound quite familiar. Listen to the way Prothero explains the difference between the practices and paths of the religious traditions of the world. Remember, different religions address different problems thru different means. Whereas Christianity is concerned with sin, Buddhism is concerned with suffering, and Daoism is concerned with imbalance. Just as you wouldn't use a hammer to tighten a screw, why would you take a path leading towards salvation when your goal is release from the cycles of rebirth? Prothero's newest book God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World—and Why Their Differences Matter, should definitely make your summer reading list... and may make an appearance in our courses this coming fall.
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