Wright is wrong about the "evolution" of God, for precisely this reason. Anthropologists have found that peoples around the world (including many cultures in Asia, such as the Chinese) are often aware of a God who resembles the Christian God in detail -- Creator, "father" or "parent" or "mother," righteous, judges evil, cannot be worshipped with idols. This awareness PREDATES the evolution Wright speaks of, and the social structures he attempts to trace that evolution to. Therefore, his thesis is wrong.
The odd thing is, Wright even makes slight mention of this phenomena, then proceeds to ignore it. Karen Armstrong did the same thing in her History of God.
The Sun was worshipped from the beginning of man. Different cultures worshipped the Sun by Anthropomorphism, the attribution of uniquely human characteristics to non-human creatures and beings. The Zodiac is an excellent example. Remember, without the Sun, we do not exist. God's Sun.
"Anthropologists have found that peoples around the world (including many cultures in Asia, such as the Chinese) are often aware of a God who resembles the Christian God in detail"
Really? And yet in all the years I have studied philosophy and religion I have never heard of such a thing? Despite looking for it since others have made this claim? I don't suppose you can back that up for me. I would be forever grateful.
Or do you mean only the "shallow" similarities? "Parent" gods? Really? Imagine that! And do they have king gods as well! Fancy! I wonder where that idea could have come from. After all parents are so rare....
Since the subject is the evolution of God, this necessarily must happen in the context of a time line.
If a "Chrstian God" resembled in detail, the gods of other humans (Asian, ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Hebrew, etc. etc.), then clearly, the god of Christianity must have imitated or copied the attributes of these other earlier gods because, How could there be a Chrisian God before Christianity? Or is the earlier world irrelevant?
If the "latest" god is the true god, then did not the Muslim god come after the Christian god? Obviously, only the believer decides who the true god is. Or if there is a god to evolve in the first place!