Introducing Religion, 4/e explores the different ways of looking at religion in the twenty-first century. A broad overview to religious studies as a discipline introduces students to the various subjects of religion. Introducing Religion teaches readers how to think in academic religious studies and its main areas, including: sociology of religion, psychology of religion, history of religion, religion and art, ethics, and more. The fourth edition has been expanded with new chapters exploring topics of contemporary interest: myth, spiritual paths, religion and popular culture, religion in the computer age, religion and war. Contemporary topics engage today's students, relating the topics to the changing world around them.
A native of Illinois, Robert Ellwood received his B.A. from the University of Colorado and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. After serving as an Episcopal priest and Navy chaplain, he obtained a Ph.D. in the History of Religion from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 1967. He then taught religious studies at the University of Southern California for thirty years, and since retirement has lived in Ojai, California. He has published books on Japanese religion, American religion, mythology, and religious studies.