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CAS Prof. Stephen Prothero talks about religious ignorance in his blog — and on today’s Oprah.

CAS Prof. Stephen Prothero says America’s religious illiteracy is a civic problem. Photo by Vernon Doucette

Stephen Prothero says Americans know almost nothing about the force that sparks heated national debates and affects the most dangerous foreign threats — religion. Prothero, chair of the religion department at the College of Arts and Sciences, recently took his case to print with a new book called Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know — and Doesn’t. Today, Prothero will discuss the implications of America’s religious ignorance on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
It’s a discussion he already leads on his blog as a featured panelist for On Faith, an online conversation about religion-inflected civic issues jointly hosted by Newsweek and the Washington Post

“At home, US presidents quote routinely from the Bible, and the Congressional Record is replete with references to the Good Samaritan, the Golden Rule, and Armageddon,” Prothero writes in his blog. “Abroad, religion continues to move people to wage both war and peace … Therefore, to choose to ignore religion (as many public school districts and colleges currently do) is to choose to ignore the real world.”

Prothero’s appearance on Oprah will most likely jolt his book above its current rank of 59 on Amazon’s best-seller list. At present it’s 14th on the New York Times best-seller list. He’s already been a guest on The O’Reilly Factor and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. A video of his recent discussion of his book at Barnes and Noble at BU is currently featured on BUniverse.

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