The Johns Hopkins University Press: February 1998
First published in 1933, this model of comparative cultural analysis has thankfully been reprinted. A.D. Nock was for years one of the world's leading authorities on the religions of later antiquity, and along with William James' Varieties of Religious Experience
, this book is one of the ''two most cited books in the field of conversion studies.'' After examining the idea of conversion in religion in general, through the mixing and dissemination of primitive and prophetic modes, Nock focuses on Greek religion before Alexander the Great contrasted with the success of Buddhism further eas... View More...