Tracing the Way is the product of a lifetime of experience. In researching and compiling this book Hans Kung has travelled to every corner of the globe in search of God in his many guises. Kung casts an analytical eye over the major world religions and offers a view of the present and what that means when measured against the past. He surveys, as succinctly as possible, the historical stages of each world religion and analyzes their major paradigms and paradigm shifts. Tracing the Way attempts to understand the religions, in both text and pictures, as objectively as possible, and discusses the social, political and historical contexts of the many forms of belief that exist today.