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Eternity in Their Hearts: Startling Evidence of Belief in the One True God in Hundreds of Cultures Throughout the World Paperback – May, 1984
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The third form of confirmation was psychological, from the mouths of skeptics. Humanist Huston Smith complains of Christianity that "If God is a God of love, it seems most unlikely that he would not have revealed himself to his other children as well." Buddhist Thich Naht Hanh agrees: "Sharing does not mean wanting others to abandon their spiritual roots. . . People cannot be happy if they are rootless." Both are quite right, as far as they go. But Richardson shows that God has revealed himself to "all his children" by planting a root for the Gospel within each culture, so when we call people to Christ, we call them to the deepest truths within their own cultures. I remember the first time I visited the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China, 16 years ago. Who was this "Heaven" whom the Chinese worshiped?Read more ›
Very interesting reading. One disappointment is that in the last chapter he promises a book showing the spreading of Christianity in the last 2000 years, and the missionary fervor of the "World's First Bible Belt" (a 7,000-mile one completely encircling the Mediterranean Sea), but I can't find that this book has ever been published. This book leaves you wanting to find out more, so I recommend the author's "Peace Child" and "Lords of the Earth" talking about the people and customers of Dutch New Guinea (Irian Jaya), and how these people came to know the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you've ever been challenged, confused or concerned that the Gospel is something exclusively white, European and male that for primarily greedy, arrogant and condescending reasons has been imposed upon other cultures this is a book you may want to read.
I loved it. I've read it several times and found it easy to read and to understand.
The author himself is a missionary. He presents numerous factual examples of what he calls 'redemptive analogies'. These are "hidden keys" within the very fabric of non-European cultures that have wisely been recognized and utilized by many (but of course not all) missionaries over the centuries.
In contrast to seeing the Gospel as something illegitimate and disrespectful imposed upon the unsuspecting, ignorant, gullible and uncivilized 'heathen' the beautiful and respectful truth of God's redeeming love for all humankind is shown to have blessed millions. Have you only heard about the wolves in sheeps clothing? Read this book and hear about some amazing stories of blessings.
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Enjoyable book. Gave me a better perspective of how Gods plans always are for mankind and how he desires all of mankind to know him and have eternal life.Published 29 days ago by Bama G-Paw
This book had been recommended years ago by a missionary in Guatemala after a discussion about the witness of Christianity in Latin America before the Spanish arrived. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shawn M Martin
As a lay student of comparative religion and coming from an evangelical Christian background, I was excited to read Mr. Richardson's book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by PlayingThePonzi
Without a doubt, one of my favorite books ever. I keep buying them because I love it so much!Published 2 months ago by Marianne Boyer
Gives insights into God's working in cultures you would not think possible. Awesome readPublished 3 months ago by Lorna Dreher
Lots of things I hadn't thought about before.
Not well written, but very informative.
I've read portions of this book three or four times. It's a Christian classic. It's also a history lesson telling about people groups around the world who have had a knowledge of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by ERIC HANDEL