Sociology of Religion

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The author summarizes and reviews the literature dealing with the forms, social expressions and general social relations of religion in all its various manifestations. It is a work of immense erudition. The index occupies 29 pages and the number of footnote references is (roughly estimated) 5,000. As á work of reference it is undoubtedly useful and well worth publishing. It is very doubtful, though, whether anyone will have a better understanding of religion after reading the book than he had before, oi even a better understanding of sociology.

Sociology of Religion

By Joachim Wach. (International Library of Sociology and Social Reconstruction.) Pp. xii + 429. (London: Kegan Paul and Co., Ltd., 1947.) 30s. net.

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R., A. Sociology of Religion. Nature 162, 128 (1948) doi:10.1038/162128e0

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