The Potential And The Vacuum
Let Europe Hear: The Spiritual Plight of Europe, by Robert P. Evans (Moody, 1963, 528 pp., $5.95), is reviewed by Dwight Wadsworth, European representative of Torchbearers (an international missionary fellowship), Obernhof/Lahn, West Germany.

People seeking insight into the complex religious status of Free Europe and desiring factual information about the true spiritual climate of this most densely populated continent on earth will be grateful to Robert Evans, founder and European director of Greater Europe Mission, for this concentrated result of his many years of first-hand experience and observation. He has constantly woven significant statistics into the fabric of the report, and his mature assessment of the prevailing situation is well supported by extensive quotation of authorities representing a broad range of thought. The results of wide reading and real research are to be found in this work, which has as its principal thesis that the Christian culture and history of Europe may not be accepted as proof of its evangelization. That the Church has been a factor in European life is recognized, but Evans points out, with compelling logic, that North Africa once had a thriving church as well. If one accepts his premise that the inhabitants of any continent have a right to hear the good news of the Gospel in understandable terms, one must concede that the evidence presented is a mighty argument for a new missionary assault against this bastion of superstition, demon worship, diluted theology, and aggressive atheism.

Much that Evans has to say about the sixteen nations of Free Europe will come as a surprise to Americans: the superficiality of much that took place in the Reformation; the number of ...

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