There have been many books written on the religions of the world, and this new one written by the Professor of Philosophy at Franklin and Marshall College seems at first glance to be but a condensation of other works on this subject. However, the book is unique in that the author attempts to describe not only the origins and cardinal beliefs and practices of each religion but also to outline the development which has taken place in each faith from its founding to the present day. Professor Noss has succeeded admirably in his attempt to be objective and scholarly, and ""to be fair yet brief, comprehensive and yet concise"". The book is divided into four parts: I. ""Primitive and Bygone Religions""; II. ""The Religions of India"" (Hinduism, Janiism, Buddhism, Sikhism); III ""The Religions of the Far East"" (Tacism, Confucianism, Shintoism); IV. ""The Religions of the Near East"" (Zorcastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam). This would be an admirable text-book for college students, but should appeal also to those of the reading public who desire an accurate, scholarly and yet simple account of the religions of mankind.