This book was my introduction to spiritual warfare. I can still remember by Bible College professor walking the tightrope unwilling to concede that demonic spirits are active today. If I remember right, he postulated three theories of demonic activity: The accommodation theory- that Jesus knew that demonic activity did not exist, but that he accommodated himself to the world view of his day. According to this view, people who were supposedly demon possessed were actually mentally ill. The second theory was that demons are real, but that they were only active in Jesus day; thus present day demonic activity is very rare and is confined to pagan cultures. The third theory was that demon activity is a present day phenomenon we have to deal with. As highly impressionable underclassmen, we were left to our own devices to figure which choice was the right one.
Anderson rightly points out that the church had pretty much bought into the scientific/psychological model of deviant behavior- that we do not believe that the spiritual world does impinges on the natural world. As a result many evangelical Christians have either excluded the supernatural from their worldview or have consigned it to the transcendental tier where little effect on day to day living. When I first read Bondage Breakers, I came the realization that although I could teach about demon possession, I really did not believe that demons were active in our present day world. Although Andersons views have become more mainstream in the evangelical church, there are still those who see him as rather radical; while some charismatic side may see him as too tame. I see Bondage Breakers as an excellent introduction to spiritual warfare and a book every pastor ought to read.