Thoroughly researched with beautifully linked arguments, biographies, context and discussions, Needham provides a riveting text: balancing fact and understanding in the wisdom of experience. The book offers a wealth of knowledge for pastors, missionaries, students and professors as they pursue their own education into the response of Christians during the 18th century towards these shifts in the tides of the affairs of men.
As he assesses the European Enlightenment, evangelical revivals … and developments within Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy from his consistently Reformed perspective, Needham provides illuminating reading for those who share that perspective, but perhaps even more for those who do not.
Mark A. Noll Author of ‘America’s Book: The Rise and Decline of a Bible Civilization, 1794–1911’
As always, Needham remains attentive to the big picture, yet he also manages to maintain a grasp of the lesser known details throughout. Especially notable is Needham’s inclusion of the Eastern and Russian Orthodox Church. Highly recommended.
President, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, South Carolina
These volumes should be compulsory reading, first for pastors and elders called to teach and defend the faith, but also for Christians in general who desire to deepen their knowledge of the Saviour’s power throughout the church’s history.
President, Westminster Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Newcastle, UK
… helpfully delineates the variegated state of professing Christendom in this crucial era with magisterial vim and verve. Highly recommended!
Michael A. G. Haykin
Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky