Japan is, as the author points out, one of the great enigmas of the world. Possibly the beginnings of the solution to the enigma are to be found in the pervasive religious spirit of that country, and the author undertakes in this work to set out the general lines of the newest manifestations of that spirit. The first chapters summarize the religious status quo, examining Japan's religious heritage and the social crises which have given rise to new religions; succeeding chapters describe each of the new sects, and a final section analyzes the place of the new churches in modern Japan. Professor McFarland's authority as one of the most distinguished historians of religion will recommend the book to laymen as well as to the missionary, the theologian, and the social scientist. The specialized nature of the work, however, makes it suitable only for academic, and large public, libraries.