"Written with urbanity and wit, this book reviews the intellectual and historical contexts in which anthropology became a discipline concerned with the explanation of religion as a human behavior." Religious Studies Review
"Written in an easy and approachable style, Morris's book is a first-rate survey of the social scientific study of religion and is highly recommended." Robert Segal, The Journal of Religion
In this important, scholarly and wide-ranging text, Brian Morris provides a lucid outline of explanations of religious phenomena offered by such great thinkers as Hegel, Marx, and Weber. In doing so he also unravels theoretical strategies in the study of religion that have been developed and explored by later anthropologists.