It's on this last point -- the differences -- that Prothero offers the greatest illumination. He is convinced that the way to real and enduring interreligious understanding, especially after 9/11, lies not with "pretend pluralism," but with a clear-eyed knowledge of religious difference. The sooner we can understand the differences between religions, the more we can figure out how to achieve religious tolerance and co-existence.
what is the difference between religion and culture
A religion may indeed have some level of Dharma in it, and similarities they all should share, as we have previously analyzed. But you may have to cut through so many layers of externals before you reach it. These layers may include forms of politics, prejudice toward outsiders or “nonbelievers” of other religions, or ethnic superiority, or the feeling that they are the only true followers of the only true faith, the only ones who are really saved or who understand the teachings given by God at the exclusion of everyone else, and so on. Somewhere in all that there may be some genuine Dharma, but by the time you reach it, and many never do, there may already be too many corruptions or perversions in the teachings to see the core of what it was meant to be, unless you have been educated in a system that allows you to know and recognize genuine spirituality beforehand, which also is rarely the case. Thus, the differences between religions can be glaringly obvious, and are what many people cling to, and are held more firmly than some people would care to admit.
The Differences Between Religion and The Gospel
This year marks the 150th birth celebrations of Swami Vivekananda, who travelled to Chicago in 1893 to address the World’s Parliament of Religions and returned home to India as ‘the monk who changed the world’. Although a Hindu, Swami Vivekananda was a pluralist, who taught that all religions were paths to the same goal of God realisation or enlightenment, like many rivers flowing to the same ocean. Thus we should respect all religions and spiritual paths as different routes to the same destination. All too often we focus on the differences between religions when we should be looking at the similarities. One of the main similarities is the Golden Rule, shared by all faiths, which states that we should treat others as we would wish to be treated ourselves. But maybe one of our differences is how we define those ‘others’.
Are YA There God? : The Difference Between Religion and Spirituality