Is There a Better Way to Study Religion? The View of William E. Paden

Robert A. Segal*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article


This review praises William Paden's focus on some of the key issues in the study of religion. It questions Paden's position on three topics: (a) the relationship between evolutionary psychology and functionalism; (b) the compatibility of Durkheim with Eliade; and (c) the 'newness' of Paden's new comparativism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-164
Number of pages8
JournalMethod and Theory in the Study of Religion
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018



  • cognitive psychology
  • comparative method
  • Emile Durkheim
  • functionalism and essence
  • Mircea Eliade
  • sacred and profane

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies

Cite this