Every activity of man is often done in a certain way. This includes the study of
religion. Scholars have generally adopted various methods in studying religion.
Some of these methods have been classified as unacademic, while some are
academic and scientific. It is accepted that the proper way to study religion
academically is through the scientific method which is a systemic and objective
analysis of religious phenomena (Kirkpatric ed. 1159). Some other methods
identified include: the polymethodic approach, descriptive approach, speculative
approach, culture area approach. Others are the use of library, interviews, online
sources and participant observation. This paper is an attempt to identify and critically
evaluate the methods used by three scholars of African traditional religion and
culture in presenting selected topics in their works. In the process, the merits and
demerits will be highlighted and constructive suggestions will be given.