Gendun Drubpa Centre
in partnership with
St. Peter’s Anglican Church
Our next Interfaith Book Club.
Beginning February 19th, 2020
Welcome session (Feb 19) will be held at Gendun Drubpa Centre
This Sessions we look at:
God Is Not One
The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World–and Why Their Differences Matter.
by Stephen R. Prothero
At the dawn of the twenty-first century, dizzying scientific and technological advancements, interconnected globalized economies, and even the so-called New Atheists have done nothing to change one thing: our world remains furiously religious. For good and for evil, religion is the single greatest influence in the world. We accept as self-evident that competing economic systems (capitalist or communist) or clashing political parties (Republican or Democratic) propose very different solutions to our planet’s problems. So why do we pretend that the world’s religious traditions are different paths to the same God? We blur the sharp distinctions between religions at our own peril, argues religion scholar Stephen Prothero, and it is time to replace naÏve hopes of interreligious unity with deeper knowledge of religious differences.
In God Is Not One, Prothero provides readers with much-needed content about each of the eight great religions. To claim that all religions are the same is to misunderstand that each attempts to solve a different human problem. For example:
–Islam: the problem is pride / the solution is submission
–Christianity: the problem is sin / the solution is salvation
–Confucianism: the problem is chaos / the solution is social order
–Buddhism: the problem is suffering / the solution is awakening
–Judaism: the problem is exile / the solution is to return to God
Prothero reveals each of these traditions on its own terms to create an indispensable guide for anyone who wants to better understand the big questions human beings have asked for millennia—and the disparate paths we are taking to answer them today. A bold polemical response to a generation of misguided scholarship, God Is Not One creates a new context for understanding religion in the twenty-first century and disproves the assumptions most of us make about the way the world’s religions work.
This book club will start on Wednesday, February 19 at 6:30 pm and run for 10 sessions. We will meet every two weeks covering the introduction, 9 chapters and conclusion.
The Anglican Foundation and St.Peter’s Church
has generously provided funding to our book club to allow us to offer the book to you free of charge.
We will have 12 seats in this group.
There is no fee for this book club
For a short statement from Stephen Prothero about his book:
Our small interfaith group is funded by the Anglican Foundation and has been holding an interfaith book club for a couple years now. We are ready for our next “chapter” to start in February of 2020.
We have had members from the Catholic church, the Anglican church, the Bahia’ faith, the Buddhist centre and have also had members of the Muslim community join us.
We find it enriching and supportive to have as many faith communities take part as we can.
We over the past 2+ years, we have read
The Book of Joy by Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama,
The Book of Forgiveness by Desmond Tutu
12 Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong.