The times in which we live -- thanks to the drive toward unity of understanding set into motion by the great Pope John and being continued by his successor, Pope Paul, -- demand that men of good will learn more of the basic tenets of all religions. Religions of the World is a splendid book which provides the background facts so important to this understanding. Father John A. Hardon, a professor at Western Michigan University, and a student of comparative religions is the author of The Protestant Churches of America which is highly regarded by both Catholics and Protestants. In this new book he offers an objective, essentially informative analysis of the leading religions of mankind. He makes no judgments or evaluations. The facts are allowed to speak for themselves. In clear and understandable language, Father Hardon covers Oriental religions as well as religions of Judaic origin in a sympathetic manner that commands attention and respect. Religions of the World is a manifestation of the true ecumenical spirit. May it be read and studied widely.