Aaron Armstrong, author and blogger:

"Indeed, it's clear that he's read carefully the scholarly work of each model and so an attitude of congeniality comes through. He's generally careful to avoid easy criticisms of any model, which is a breath of fresh air—after all, deconstructing each model isn't his purpose, explaining them is..."

 

Armstrong, author of Awaiting a Savior: The Gospel, the New Creation and the End of Poverty and Contend: Defending the Faith in a Fallen World writes on his daily blog, Blogging Theologically:

"This is important for us to acknowledge and Rau handles it with great care. Indeed, it's clear that he's read carefully the scholarly work of each model and so an attitude of congeniality comes through. He's generally careful to avoid easy criticisms of any model, which is a breath of fresh air—after all, deconstructing each model isn't his purpose, explaining them is (but more on that in a bit)."

He continues that the most important contribution of Mapping is the emphasis on the importance of presuppositions:

This is the first significant point Rau addresses: no one is capable of coming to the evidence entirely objectively. Our worldview and its underlying philosophy—in short, our presuppositions—necessarily affect how we view the evidence surrounding the origins of everything. ...

But the difficulty this represents is that we wind up talking past one another almost all the time. We talk and talk, but we don't understand because we're not really speaking the same language.

Read the whole review at:
http://www.bloggingtheologically.com/2013/02/19/mapping-the-origins-debate-by-gerald-rau/

Also posted at:
http://thegospelcoalition.org/themelios/review/mapping_the_origins_debate