This comprehensive investigation into the involvement of ordinary Christians in Church activities and in anti-clerical dissent, explores a phenomenon stretching from Britain and Germany to the Americas and beyond. It considers how evangelicalism, as an anti-establishmentarian and profoundly individualistic movement, has allowed the traditionally powerless to become enterprising, vocal, and influential in the religious arena and in other areas of politics and culture.
'It is a book which all Methodists still interested in what they are doing … ought to read and ponder carefully … there is a splendid essay by Andrew Walls … Buy the book and soak it up …' - W.R. Ward, Epworth Review
' … here is a significant and important contribution to the study of evangelicalism, ably demonstrating that evangelical religion and lay Christianity have proved a powerful impetus to each other.' - International Christian College