A book that takes on the world’s major religions and spiritual and entertainment fads was released September 15. The book, They All Can’t Be Right: Do All Spiritual Paths Lead to God? by best-selling author and radio host Steve Russo, was published as a part of Broadman & Holman’s TruthQuest student series. Russo’s newest book takes on Islam and Harry Potter.
From discussions on Louis Farrakhan to Harry Potter, the book is honest, it’s forthright, and best of all, it’s politically incorrect.
In his chapter on the Wicca religion, Russo calls into question American entertainment fads like Harry Potter, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and notes how the practice of Wicca among teens in America has risen, likely as a result of such fads. “Wicca is the fastest growing religion among high school and college students today,” Russo writes. “Pop culture today is filled with examples of Wicca and witchcraft…including Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and Charmed. Numerous books — including…the Harry Potter series… –encourage teenagers to explore the world of Wicca.”
Contrasting Islam to Christianity, Russo writes, “The Islamic idea of paradise is very sensual and macho. Women do not have much to look forward to…Even though the Qur’an puts a lot of emphasis on ghastly punishments and sensual rewards, still the most devoted Muslim can never be confident of paradise.” He adds, “In the West, Islam projects a ‘user-friendly’ image – a religion that is tolerant, just and filled with love. In the East, however, it has been historically and is currently being practiced more as a political religion.”
“Like it our not,” Russo writes, “We must admit that all religions are not the same. Jesus alone provides the way out of the ‘maze.’”
This book takes on many of the world’s religions, including Islam, Mormonism, Hinduism, and Buddhism, and contrasts them with Christianity, stating emphatically that with such drastic differences, particularly to Christianity, they just can’t all be right.