I’ve not read Stephen Prothero’s recent book “God is Not One.” But, listening to him interviewed last night I was much attracted to his list. What each of the eight major world religions treat as their big problem, and what their solution is.
|Hinduism||endless cycle of reincarnation||release|
|Judaism||exile||return to God|
|Yoruba||disconnection||follow our destiny as revealed by diviners|
It is likely I’ve made mistakes in the above, it’s based on some web browsing and what I recall from the interview I listened to. More rows and columns would be fun. For example principle rituals would make a great additional column.
I am a sucker for frameworks like this. That is a variation on one of my favorites. This one about sketching out the differences between Puritans and Quakers – a dialectic that has much to says much about American culture.
It would be fun to have a table like that for programming languages.