It is a tragedy they were ever split. With enough knowledge and discipline, we can do something about it (4).
Not only is Driver's book an education for the reader unenlightened about the vital part ritual plays in society today, but it is also a fascinating work told in an intelligent and exciting style. This should not be surprising, for what Driver is urging is not only that rituals be restored to their rightful place in society, but that the religious vitality of society itself be restored through those resurrected rituals. Driver would have failed in his mission---for mission it is certainly is which he is on in this book---had he failed to present his argument in a form and style which did not reflect the vitality of the rituals he so honors.
Driver not only deals with the role of rituals in modern society, he also covers the history and evolution of rituals, and the part played by rituals in the development of humanity and its ability to communicate:
Everything points to the supposition that our remote ancestors were ritualizing before they became human. This activity became the pathway to the human condition. Ritualization is a way, an experimental way, of going from the inchoate