"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
The religious significance of the works of Hegel, Marx, Durkheim, Weber and Freud is clarified to redefine the study of religion pursued by anthropologists. Perceptive accounts of contemporary scholars as well as classical authors are included.