The list author says: "The cognitive science of religion offers the most promising toolkit available to understanding how religion operates in the mind of human beings and why it is believed by so many people in so many different forms both historically and contemporaneously."
"Hard to read due to academic style but overwhelmingly worth it. Best/only textual/ anthropological study of American Christians that I am aware of. Malley attended the church and knew his correspondents from which he wrote the book."
"This book compares and contrasts what the author argues are the two predominant modes of religion--the "imagistic" (such as the high-arousal, low frequency rites of certain tribal peoples) and the "doctrinal" (such as the Abrahamic faiths)."