A very detailed, informed approach to the historical development of religious beliefs which comes out as comparative theology (in textbook prose) for the middle-aged child; in its emphasis on creed rather than custom, it could supplement the popular Fitch studies. Much credit is due to the authors, in the sections on early beliefs and throughout, for distinguishing the precise contributions of individuals, groups, scriptures and hero tales, and recognizing their continuing influence. The chapters indicate the subtlety of the scope: early and ""beginning"" religions, the Hindu religion, Buddhism, Chinese religions, Northern Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam. Although produced under Protestant auspices, this does not proselytize: the general bias is in favor of belief in general, expressed through any of the particular creeds. Not every child will want or need this depth survey, but if you have the market, it's a useful if dry product.