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Prothero, Stephen R.

Overview
Works: 43 works in 198 publications in 4 languages and 17,842 library holdings
Genres: Dictionaries  Encyclopedias  History  Reference works  Sources  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: BL2525, 200.71073
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Most widely held works about Stephen R Prothero
 
Most widely held works by Stephen R Prothero
Religious literacy : what every American needs to know--and doesn't by Stephen R Prothero( Book )

24 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and Japanese and held by 2,443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The United States is one of the most religious societies, but it is also a nation of 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 answers to life's basic questions, yet only half of American adults can name even one of the four gospels. Politicians and pundits continue to root public policy arguments in religious rhetoric whose meanings are missed--or misinterpreted--by most Americans. Scholar Prothero makes the provocative case that to remedy this problem, we should return to teaching religion in the public schools. "In one of the great ironies of American religious history," he 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." He also offers practical solutions, including a Dictionary of Religious Literacy--key terms, beliefs, characters, and stories that every American should understand.--From publisher description
The encyclopedia of American religious history by Edward L Queen( Book )

12 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and held by 2,240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comprehensive reference on American religion and religious life, past and present. It covers many forms of religion such as Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, African-American religion, alternative religious movements and sects, trends such as Scientology and the Jesus Movement, and Native American religions. Some 700 alphabetical entries address important people, denominations, organizations, controversial issues (e.g., abortion, evolution, homosexuality), events and themes, and movements. All entries include bibliographic citations and cross-references. With 120 b & w illustrations as well as synoptic and general indexes
God is not one : the eight rival religions that run the world--and why their differences matter by Stephen R Prothero( Book )

22 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,780 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why do we pretend that the world's religious traditions are different paths to the same God? Scholar Stephen Prothero argues that it is time to replace naïve hopes of interreligious unity with deeper knowledge of religious differences. He maintains that each religion attempts to solve a different human problem, and examines each of these traditions on its own terms to create an indispensable guide for anyone who wants to better understand the big questions
American Jesus : how the Son of God became a national icon by Stephen R Prothero( Book )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 1,525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Stephen Prothero's American Jesus is a major new work of history: a vivid chronicle of the distinctive "images of Jesus" cherished by the American people, and an incisive account of Jesus' transformation, in Americans' hearts and minds, from crucified Lord to folk hero, from divinity to celebrity."--Jacket
Purified by fire : a history of cremation in America by Stephen R Prothero( Book )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 1,084 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Asian religions in America : a documentary history by Thomas A Tweed( Book )

6 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 856 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book traces the American encounter with Asian religions through historical documents and writings, from the late 18th century to the present and including works from Bruce Lee, John Lennon, Amy Tan, Frederick Douglass and Tan Nhat Hanh
Religions of the East paths to enlightenment by Stephen R Prothero( )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The aim of this course is to cultivate basic literacy in the principal religions of Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Focuses include why religion matters, what the term religion means, and how Asian religions complicate that term
A nation of religions : the politics of pluralism in multireligious America( Book )

12 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The United States has long been described as a nation of immigrants, but it is also a nation of religions in which Muslims and Methodists, Buddhists and Baptists live and work side by side. This book explores that nation of religions, focusing on how four religious communities -- Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs -- are shaping and, in turn, shaped by American values. For a generation, scholars have been documenting how the landmark legislation that loosened immigration restrictions in 1965 catalyzed the development of the United States as "a nation of Buddhists, Confucianists, and Taoists, as well as Christians," as Supreme Court Justice Tom Clark put it. The contributors to this volume take U.S. religious diversity not as a proposition to be proved but as the truism it has become. Essays address not whether the United States is a Christian or a multireligious nation -- clearly, it is both -- but how religious diversity is changing the public values, rites, and institutions of the nation and how those values, rites, and institutions are affecting religions centuries old yet relatively new in America. This conversation makes an important contribution to the intensifying public debate about the appropriate role of religion in American politics and society. - Publisher
Why liberals win the culture wars (even when they lose elections) : the battles that define America from Jefferson's heresies to gay marriage by Stephen R Prothero( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this timely, carefully reasoned social history of the United States, the New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and God Is Not One places today's heated culture wars within the context of a centuries-long struggle of right versus left and religious versus secular to reveal how, ultimately, liberals always win.Though they may seem to be dividing the country irreparably, today's heated cultural and political battles between right and left, Progressives and Tea Party, religious and secular are far from unprecedented. In this engaging and important work, Stephen Prothero reframes the current debate, viewing it as the latest in a number of flashpoints that have shaped our national identity. Prothero takes us on a lively tour through time, bringing into focus the election of 1800, which pitted Calvinists and Federalists against Jeffersonians and "infidels;" the Protestants' campaign against Catholics in the mid-nineteenth century; the anti-Mormon crusade of the Victorian era; the fundamentalist-modernist debates of the 1920s; the culture wars of the 1980s and 1990s; and the current crusade against Islam.As Prothero makes clear, our culture wars have always been religious wars, progressing through the same stages of conservative reaction to liberal victory that eventually benefit all Americans. Drawing on his impressive depth of knowledge and detailed research, he explains how competing religious beliefs have continually molded our political, economic, and sociological discourse and reveals how the conflicts which separate us today, like those that came before, are actually the byproduct of our struggle to come to terms with inclusiveness and ideals of "Americanness." To explore these battles, he reminds us, is to look into the soul of America--and perhaps find essential answers to the questions that beset us"--
The American Bible : how our words unite, divide, and define a nation by Stephen R Prothero( Book )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"America has been a nation that has unfolded as much on the page and the podium as on battlefields or in statehouses. Here Stephen Prothero reveals which texts continue to generate controversy and drive debate. He then puts these voices into conversation, tracing how prominent leaders and thinkers of one generation have commented upon the core texts of another, and invites readers to join in. Prothero takes the reader into the heart of America's culture wars. These 'scriptures' provide the words that continue to unite, divide, and define Americans today."--Jacket
The white Buddhist : the Asian odyssey of Henry Steel Olcott by Stephen R Prothero( Book )

14 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The New York Times denounced him as an "unmitigated rascal". Others described him as a reincarnation of the Buddhist emperor Ashoka or perhaps Gautama Buddha himself. He was Colonel Henry Steel Olcott (1832 - 1907), friend to Madame Blavatsky and president-founder of the Theosophical Society. This book tells the fascinating story of his spiritual odyssey. Raised a Presbyterian in nineteenth century New York, Olcott embraced spiritualism and then theosophy before becoming the first American of European descent to make a formal conversion to Buddhism. Despite his repudiation of Christianity, Olcott's life was an extension of both the "errand to the wilderness" of his Puritan ancestors and the "errand to the world" of American Protestant missionaries. Olcott viewed himself as a defender of Asian religions against the missionaries, but his actions mirrored theirs. He wrote and distributed tracts and catechisms, promoted the translation of scriptures into vernacular languages, established Sunday schools, founded voluntary associations, and conducted revivals. And he too labored to "uplift" his Asian acquaintances, urging them to embrace social reforms such as temperance and women's rights. However one views his work, his legacy was a lasting one, and today he is revered in Sri Lanka as a leader of the Sinhalese Buddhist Revival and in India as a key contributor to the Indian Renaissance
Encyclopedia of American religious history by Edward L Queen( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In more than 800 entries--100 of which have been added or revised for this edition--Encyclopedia of American Religious History, Third Edition outlines the numerous philosophers, personalities, social issues, and cultural histories of religious practices throughout American history. --from publisher description
Religious literacy : what every American needs to know--and doesn't by Stephen R Prothero( Recording )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A religious primer serves as an argument for why the author believes that religion should become a mandatory subject in American public schools, contending that most Americans are not able to identify basic tenets of their faith
Why liberals win the culture wars (even when they lose elections) : the battles that define America from Jefferson's heresies to gay marriage by Stephen R Prothero( Recording )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this timely, carefully reasoned social history of the United States, the New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and God Is Not One places today's heated culture wars within the context of a centuries-long struggle of right vs. left and religious vs. secular to reveal how, ultimately, liberals always win.Though they may seem to be dividing the country irreparably, today's heated cultural and political battles between right and left, Progressives and Tea Party, religious and secular are far from unprecedented. In this engaging and important work, Stephen Prothero reframes the current debate, viewing it as the latest in a number of flashpoints that have shaped our national identity. Prothero takes us on a lively tour through time, bringing into focus the election of 1800, which pitted Calvinists and Federalists against Jeffersonians and "infidels;" the Protestants' campaign against Catholics in the mid-nineteenth century; the anti-Mormon crusade of the Victorian era; the fundamentalist-modernist debates of the 1920s; the culture wars of the 1980s and 1990s; and the current crusade against Islam.As Prothero makes clear, our culture wars have always been religious wars, progressing through the same stages of conservative reaction to liberal victory that eventually benefit all Americans. Drawing on his impressive depth of knowledge and detailed research, he explains how competing religious beliefs have continually molded our political, economic, and sociological discourse and reveals how the conflicts which separate us today, like those that came before, are actually the byproduct of our struggle to come to terms with inclusiveness and ideals of "Americanness." To explore these battles, he reminds us, is to look into the soul of America--and perhaps find essential answers to the questions that beset us
God is not one : the eight rival religions that run the world--and why their differences matter by Stephen R Prothero( )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 nav̐e hopes of interreligious unity with deeper knowledge of religious differences. In Religious Literacy, Prothero demonstrated how little Americans know about their own religious traditions and why the world's religions should be taught in public schools. Now, in God Is Not One, Prothero provides readers with this 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
The American Bible : how our words unite, divide, and define a nation by Stephen R Prothero( )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since Thomas Jefferson first recorded those self-evident truths in the Declaration of Independence, America has been a nation that has unfolded as much on the page and the podium as on battlefields or in statehouses. Here Stephen Prothero reveals which texts continue to generate controversy and drive debate. He then puts these voices into conversation, tracing how prominent leaders and thinkers of one generation have commented upon the core texts of another, and invites readers to join in
Is America's Jesus good for the Jews? by Stephen R Prothero( Book )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Encyclopedia of American religious history by Edward L Queen( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains more than 700 articles on religious history, covering areas such as important people, denominations, key events and themes, movements and sects, and controversial subjects
Henry Steel Olcott (1832-1907) and the construction of "Protestant Buddhism" by Stephen R Prothero( )

4 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Big sky mind : Buddhism and the beat generation by Carole Tonkinson( Book )

4 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays, poems, photographs, and letters explore the link between Buddhism and the Beats--with previously unpublished material from several beat writers, including Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, and Diane diPrima
 
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The encyclopedia of American religious historyGod is not one : the eight rival religions that run the world--and why their differences matterAmerican Jesus : how the Son of God became a national iconPurified by fire : a history of cremation in AmericaAsian religions in America : a documentary historyA nation of religions : the politics of pluralism in multireligious AmericaThe white Buddhist : the Asian odyssey of Henry Steel OlcottEncyclopedia of American religious history