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A common misconception is that people of tribal nations/areas are totally lost without the Gospel, fumbling around in darkness. Wrong! "He has also set eternity in their heart" (Ecc. 3:11); "God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us" (Acts 17:27). The book presents powerful evidence that monotheism is the first stage of religious development among people groups, not polytheism or animism. Monotheism then degenerates into polytheism etc., due to various reasons, e.g., manipulations of people in ruling positions. Therefore this book runs counter to the evolutionary models such study of religion holds as orthodox. As such, this book is startling to anyone who takes it seriously and grew up in Western public educations systems (where we are taught the evolutionary models only).
The book is not a "deep theological treatise." It is rather a thesis predicated on evidence from anthropology, sociology, the study of religion, and Scriptural exegesis. Of course it is richly theological, but it does not get "theologically complex," or dense.
As for a criticism: The book does not explore so much about how it is the Spirit of God moving these people to reach out and find God. People are not prepared for the Gospel on their own doing, but rather through the Spirit. However, this theme is in fact found within the book! As a personal opinion, I simply would have liked to see it emphasized. As I said, the book is not a theological treatise; it does not get lost in complex debate—so it is not surprising that we do not find, for example, a chapter on "The Work of the Spirit."
Buy it! Buy it! Buy it!
For me, one who reads primarily for information, the meat of both editions is the evidence that a great number of primitive tribes had somehow been prepared to gladly receive the Good News of Christ, that and the information on the development and ultimate demise of Tylor's theory of the evolution of religion. Regretfully, I cannot compare this present version with the earlier one because I gave mine to an unbeliever to read and haven't seen it since. My impression is that the earlier version(s) contained all the essential information and was/were a quicker and therefore better read.
Whatever the truth of that is, this is still a great, must read book. I award it 4 stars not because it isn't an important and worthwhile book, but because to me it doesn't live up the high standard set by the earlier versions.
Please do not let my negativism keep you from reading this book. It is well worth the small price, and reading it will effect your life in wonderful ways..