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

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

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

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