"An intelligent synthesis of observations from a wide range of anthropological, historical, and other literature."--Catholic Historical Review
"Highly interesting and challenging reading. An important contribution to research."--Theological Studies.
"Russell develops a general model of religious change that ought to be of interest to anyone concerned with the sociology (or anthropology) of belief systems per se, let alone the history of the Church."--C. Scott Littleton, Occidental College.
"Fascinating. It is a very important contribution to the growing awareness of the bright light of the 'Dark' Ages."--Ronald Murphy, Georgetown University