My post here last week about Boston University professor Stephen Prothero’s appearance on The Colbert Report to discuss his new book, God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run The World — and Why Their Differences Matter, has made news of its own: fellow Beliefnet blogger Rod Dreher, then GetReligion’s Terry Mattingly, then Dreher again, and most recently Beliefnet newcomer Mark Silk have now weighed in on my casual remark about finding it more interesting to explore the similarities between different belief systems, beyond the obvious sources of conflict that usually get covered.
Who knew this would be such a controversial sentiment?!
After attempting to clarify my point of view in GetReligion’s Comments section, I decided it was silly to continue the conversation until I had a chance to read the book in question. So, I’m halfway through God Is Not One, and have arranged to speak with Prothero for a Q&A to be posted here early next week.
In addition to Stephen Colbert’s interview, which can be viewed from my original post, here are some links to recent Q&As with the author. Take a look, and share your thoughts in the Comments section below on what kind of follow-up questions or new angles you would like me to pursue — particularly as they pertain to interfaith perspectives.
- 10 Minutes With… Stephen Prothero (Religion News Service)
- Stephen Prothero: All Religions Are Not The Same (Religion & Ethics Newsweekly)
- One way to God? No way, says author (Charlotte Observer)
- Questions for Stephen Prothero (Huffington Post)