A study of the difference between the terms "belief" and "believe" and how the meaning has changed through history, this text reveals that emphasis is purely a modern phenomenon. Smith tackles such questions as: what do the terms "belief" and "believe" actually mean?; and is the concept of "believing" integral to a solid conviction?
Wilfred Cantwell Smith is Professor Emeritus of the Comparative History of Religion at Harvard and was also Chairman of the Study of Religion there. His academic career has taken him from Lahore, India, through Montreal to Harvard. He has published many academic texts as well as journal articles, and has been on the editorial board of seven scholarly journals in the UK and overseas.