Stephen Prothero

Stephen Prothero is the author of "The American Bible" and "God Is Not One." He is a professor of religion at Boston University.

Stories by Stephen Prothero

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Why “Serial” Should End with “I Don’t Know”

How the popular whodunit podcast speaks to our need for certainty.

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India’s fundamentalists win this round

Penguin’s decision to pulp Wendy Doniger’s “The Hindus” is not a victory for “Hinduism” over its American despisers. It is a victory of one group of Hindus over another.

Religious freedom to the rescue

The New York City community board endorsed the Cordoba House, a community center and mosque planned for construction near Ground … Continued

God is not One, and neither are the religions

Q: Are all religions the same? The Dalai Lama, who just celebrated his 75th birthday, often refers to the ‘oneness’ … Continued

Unpaved streets and unanswered questions

Q:What is your vision of heaven? What images – from Scripture, tradition, culture or your personal experience – best describe … Continued

Can Sex Bring Us Closer to God?

Should the Catholic priesthood be restricted to single, celibate men? Do clergy restrictions based on gender, marital status or sexual … Continued

An Instant Classic in American Civil Religion

The speech Mitt Romney just delivered is in my view an instant classic in American civil religion. One of the … Continued

The Almighty and the Middle East

One of the grave failures of this generation of American foreign policy makers is their blindness to the power of … Continued

Not Quite Mortal

Every year in the “Death and Immortality” course I teach at Boston University, I challenge my students to consider whether … Continued

Another Amen for Religious Liberty

The United States may be one of the most religious nations on earth but Americans know woefully little about their … Continued

Another Amen For Religious Literacy

Yes, and yes. The United States may be one of the most religious nations on earth but Americans know woefully … Continued

There Is A Religious Test for the White House

Like it or not, there is a religious test for the U.S. presidency. Most Americans say that they would not … Continued

Abrahamic America? A Label that Embraces But Also Excludes

The United States may be secular by law, but it is Christian by choice, and for much of American history … Continued

Say Something!

Two words: “Say something.” I can’t tell you how many college students who grew up in interfaith households have told … Continued