Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-237).
Pt. 1. Innovation in religion: a critique of some philosophical theories. 1. William James and the priority of experience. 2. Alasdair MacIntyre and the priority of language. 3. Some other contributions to the debate 1: Richard Swinburne and Alister Hardy. 4. Some other contributions to the debate 2: Peter Winch and D. Z. Phillips. 5. An introduction to the case study. 6. George Fox. 7. An assessment of the case study. 8. A critique of empiricist theories. 9. A critique of priority-of-language theories -- Pt. 2. Institutional theories. 10. The search for a different sort of theory. 11. Institutional theories in aesthetics. 12. A critique of institutional theories in aesthetics. 13. Institutions as forms of human behaviour. 14. The nature of institutions -- Pt. 3. Towards an institutional theory of religion. 15. Religious objects. 16. Religious activities. 17. Religious experiences. 18. Objections and replies 1: Essentialism and understanding.
19. Objections and replies 2: Relativism and truth. 20. Objections and replies 3: Naturalism and revelation.