"A useful overview of contemporary trends in the study of the faiths of today's world".--Publishers Weekly. "A good introduction to the phenomenology of religion. Stressing that religions are not just systems of belief, but forms of behavior . . . Paden focuses on four key complementary categories: myth, ritual, gods and systems of purity".--Choice. Includes new preface.Paden, William E. is the author of 'Religious Worlds The Comparative Study of Religion', published 1994 under ISBN 9780807012291 and ISBN 0807012297.