From Stand to Reason Blog: “All Religions Are Basically the Same“
A quote from Stephen Prothero, professor of religion at Boston University, who writes about this in his new book God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World—and Why Their Differences Matter. The Wall Street Journal excerpts from his book:
This is a seductive sentiment in a world in which religious violence can seem as present and potent as God. But it is dangerous, disrespectful and untrue….
Of course, one purpose of the “all religions are one” meme is to stop this fighting and this killing. But this meme, however well intentioned, is neither accurate nor ethically responsible. …
Response: “All religions are basically the same” is one of those crazy uninformed statements that has become part of our culture. You hear people say it all of the time particularly in the media. It is really frustrating when it comes from supposedly well educated secularists and atheists who ignorantly teach that all religions are equally dangerous and must be eliminated.