How should evangelicals evaluate this critical mindset that ancient religious beliefs evolved from lower forms of religion?

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The view that ancient religious beliefs reflect a lower evolutionary approach is basically ethnocentric. I mean, it comes from an era of racism and ethnocentrism that's found in a lot of other ways. You actually read the people who came up with the ideas, it's very degrading to other peoples.

Answer by Dr. Craig S. Keener

Dr. Craig Keener teaches New Testament studies at Asbury Theological Seminary.