«Stark and Bainbridge have made pioneering and enduring efforts in writing this book, and to a large extent they have been successful in their attempt to explain deductively why and how the phenomena of religion occur.» (K.Peter Takayama, Journal of Church and State)
«This study is generally clear and coherent, and provides fresh, interesting sidelights on the ebb and flow of religious groupings as human organizations.» (David J.Casey, Theological Studies)
«By demonstrating that the main propositions of the sociology of religion have a logical coherence, the authors have made a decisive contribution to their discipline.» (Winston Davis, The Journal of Religion)
«...the finest consistent application of the deductive method for the construction of a sociological theory of religion. The value of 'A Theory of Religion' lies in the distance it carries sociology toward a scientific theory of religion and in teh sustained rigor of its deductive application. It is a 'must read'.» (Thomas Ryba, Zygon)
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.