Endorsements & Reviews-
"The changes in Evangelical Nonconformist theology during the Victorian period, in a conservative as well as in a liberal direction, are thoroughly analyzed here by Mark Hopkins. The 'Downgrade Controversy,' in which C. H. Spurgeon challenged the liberal tendency, is illuminated as never before."
- David Bebbington, Department of History, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK
"Mark Hopkins is a careful and sympathetic scholar who gets behind the headline thinking that so easily translated theological differences into divisive controversies. Thus his monograph will be essential reading for all who wish to understand the polarities of late nineteenth-century Nonconformity."
- John Briggs, Senior Research Fellow in Ecclesiastical History and Director of the Centre for Baptist History and Heritage, Regent's Park College, University of Oxford
"Dr Mark Hopkins' book touches on events which in certain circles continue to have a life and a legacy of considerable weight. His careful and painstaking research particularly into the 'Downgrade Controversy' offers new insights and fresh perspectives in a way which illuminates the present as well as the past."
- Nigel G. Wright, Principal, Spurgeon's College and Ex-President, Baptist Union of Great Britain