Taming the Storm: Stephen Prothero on Religion and Natural Disasters
Stephen Prothero, who once conducted a world religions course via Twitter, is a lively modern voice on religious matters. His Irene post is exemplary of the way he talks about faith-based America: he treats all sides with respect and avoids the pitfalls of us vs. them; religion vs. science; secularism vs. belief. An intelligent, and, it must be said, quite funny, speaker, Prothero helps us understand the powerful effect religion has on every aspect of modern life, from foreign wars to the 2012 Presidential election, a heated contest whose various players all have differing religious beliefs that inform their decision-making. Prothero reminds us that, if we don’t possess even a basic understanding of religions (which, sadly, most Americans don’t), we are also blind to what drives many of today’s most pressing issues.