The keyword here is “major [faiths]”, though we’re not told exactly what numbers allow a religion to be classified as such and, therefore, which ones are and are not part of the “major” group. If the Dalai Lama meant the three Abrahamic religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, then I might give his statement some credit; if, however, he was also thinking of cases like Shinto, I’d disagree with him and nearly agree with Professor Prothero.
As I stated in the previous post, some religions are strictly orthopraxic, i.e., they focus not on correct doctrine or human social behavior, but on correct ritual practice. Their concern is proper worship at the right time and place, to whom it is due and by whom has the duty of performing the rites. Unless it involves sacred space, nothing about it has anything to do with how humans behave amongst themselves; therefore, it has nothing to do with compassion too. And Stephen Prothero knows it (or should) and at first it looked like he was going to nail it in his article, until he said this:
To be sure, all religions preach compassion
Preach? Preaching requires a doctrine and orthopraxic religions have none (not officially, anyway). One might do it on a personal level or as a member of a philosophical school, but hardly in the name of a whole religion whose focus is on ritual practice. You were nearly right, Professor! And if it’s true that the Dalai Lama spoke only of the “major faiths”, Stephen Prothero however speaks of “all religions” which, in all honesty, should have made him take into the account the reality of “all” and not just some “major” few. Generalizations are a bugger…