In God is Not One (200 P), author Stephen Prothero sets up a helpful model for examining each religion on its own terms: he explores a problem that dominates the religion, the religion’s solution to the problem, the technique the religion uses to move from problem to solution, and the exemplar who charts a path from problem to solution. For example, in Buddhism the problem is suffering; the solution is nirvana; the technique is the Noble Eight-fold Path; and the exemplars are the arhats, bodhisattvas, and lamas. Although he emphasizes the unique qualities of each religion, he demonstrates that these differences can enrich, not prevent, dialogue and cooperation.

Carol Jensen, Church Librarian