Eight Theories of Religion offers summary, analysis, and appraisal
of a number of landmark modern efforts to explain the origin and
function of religion. Beginning in the middle decades of the
nineteenth century, it considers the Victorian anthropology of E.B.
Tylor and James Frazer, the "reductionist" social science of
Sigmund Freud, Emile Durkheim, and Karl Marx, the non-reductionist
approaches of Max Weber and Mircea Eliade, and the alternatice
paradigms that have arisen from the fieldwork of E.E.
Evans-Pritchard and the interpretive sociology of Clifford Geertz.
The book is ideal for use as a supplementary text in introductory
religion courses or as the main text in theory and sociology of