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Religious literacy what every American needs to know -- and doesn"t by Stephen R. Prothero

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Published by HarperLuxe in New York .
Written in English

Subjects:

  • Religious education -- United States.,
  • Religions -- Dictionaries.

Book details:

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [459]-462) and index.

StatementStephen Prothero.
GenreDictionaries.
The Physical Object
Paginationviii, 574 p. (large print) ;
Number of Pages574
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL23116435M
ISBN 100061233218
ISBN 109780061233210

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Mar 11,  · Prothero reveals that this is a profound misunderstanding. "In one of the great ironies of American religious history," Prothero writes, "it was the nation's most fervent people of faith who steered us down the road to religious illiteracy. Just how that happened is one of the stories this book has to tell.". Religious Literacy book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The United States is one of the most religious places on earth, /5. Jun 10,  · So it was with smug anticipation that I opened “Religious Literacy,” Stephen Prothero’s jeremiad about declining religious knowledge. The second half of the book is a glossary of. Mar 11,  · The rest of the book is a good solid discussion of why religious literacy matters in society, with a history of how it came to be and where it went. Turns out we can¿t really blame the secular progressives on the left for the expulsion of religious literacy from our public classrooms/5.

The book also includes a Dictionary of Religious Literacy with key terms, beliefs, characters, and stories that every American needs to know in order to make sense of religiously inflected debates: from abortion and gay marriage to Islamic terrorism and the war in Iraq. Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know--and Doesn't () by Stephen Prothero. STEPHEN PROTHERO is the New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and God Is “A compelling, provocative, wholly innovative historical interpretation of the place of learning in American religious life. I love this book!”Pages: Religious Literacy What Every American Needs to Know--and Doesn't (Book): Prothero, Stephen R.: The United States is one of the most religious places on earth, but it is also a nation of shocking religious illiteracy. Only 10 percent of American teenagers can name all five major world religions and 15 percent cannot name any. Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe that the Bible holds the. This book will do very little, if anything to improve your religious literacy. It may, however, inspire you to pray for a quick end to the book. As was the case with the previous reviewer, I saw the author on 'The Daily Show' and I was anxious to get the book to help improve my religous knowledge.

Religious literacy is the knowledge of, and ability to understand, religion. The importance of being religiously literate is increasing as globalisation has created greater links and migration between societies of different faiths and cultures. Dec 02,  · And one reason for this was because basic literacy and religious literacy were yoked in the sense that the way people learned to read was by reading the Bible. Most homes had either zero or one book, and those that had one book had a Bible. May 20,  · Prothero’s book ends with a Dictionary of Religious Literacy, a remarkably helpful introduction to the major beliefs of the world’s religions. Prothero’s Religious Literacy is unique in that it avoids two extremes. First, he seeks to avoid the danger of relativizing the religions, so that the distinctions are muted. Mar 11,  · Book review: “Religious Literacy” Prothero should be applauded for undertaking the task of inserting religious literacy into public debate, and his book would make a good beginning as a.