McDermott writes a much-needed book that helps those in the evangelical Christian tradition find a way to truly respect other religious traditions without selling out the store. Citing examples of such biblical figures as Melchizedek, Balaam, and others who speak the word of the one true God but are not members of the Children of God, McDermott shows that there is biblical evidence for Christians to rediscover truths that are deeply imbedded in the Bible from those who do not confess Christ.
The author is very diligent and often reminds his readers that the Christian claim of the uniqueness of Christ is one that needs to be lifted up. Furthermore, what we learn from those outside our faith is not new knowledge per se but may be a different but helpful approach to biblical principles.
The unfortunate title regrettably misleads readers who will probably be surprised to find a careful study on the nature of revelation and a theological overview of Christianity's major theologians. The concluding chapters offer a great inroad to some Eastern and Near Eastern faiths. Explicitly stating that the acknowledgment of Christ as Lord is the only saving confession, McDermott continues to show how God has continued the biblical tradition of revealing himself to those outside the Christian faith.
McDermott is a sell-out. We should either deny biblical teaching and admit it, or we should uphold the authority and sufficiency of the Scripture and say that we cannot and will not "learn" from other religions. What does darkness have to do with light, and what does Christ have to do with Buddha? We should do as Elijah, who openly confronted other religions as false, and their adherents as worshippers of false gods. There is no other option if we were to remain authentic Christians. Tolerance to other religions is a concept foreign to and condemned by the Bible.