Readership: Scholars and students of religion and theology, history of modern Britain, sociology. Also intended for a wide non-specialist readership.
Hugh McLeod, Professor of Church History, University of Birmingham
"a penetrating analysis of religious change in the long 1960s... The book stands out above other similar publications in clarity of argumentation and depth of understanding... Reading this book is an enriching experience, making the reader wiser." - Andrzej Bronk, Anthropos
"It is rare to come across a monograph which covers major social and ideological changes in a decade of transition in a comprehensive, readable and authoritative way. This is one of those gems... The Religious Crisis of the 1960s deserves to become a modern classic." - Gerd-Rainer Horn, The English Historical Review
"The Religious Crisis of the 1960s, quite simply, provides a compelling and persuasive account of the complex changes
it addresses." - Timothy Larsen, Books and Culture
"Religious Crisis is detailed and comprehensive, yet is also engagingly written. Moreover, a great deal of important new source material, especially from unpublished personal testimonies, is incorporated into the text... a very valuable book indeed." - Stephen Bullivant, Journal of Ecclesiastical History
"This excellent book provides further evidence of a recent historiographical shift in the treatment of the 1960s... furnishing a more complex and nuanced portrait of change in the sixties and providing a reliable platform for further work on the part of sociologists and historians as they attempt to assess the recent history of the churchesin the West." - Duncan Dormer,
"What is particularly impressive about this book-and one reason why it will not easily be superseded-is its remarkable international scope...Hugh McLeod has given us exactly what we need-a rich, nuanced and encyclopaedic account, which is a measured but effective rejoinder to lazy assumptions about a 'secular 1960s'." - Matthew Grimley 20th Century British History
"a fascinating piece of research on the "long 1960s" (1957 - 1974), combining quantitstive data (statistics) with qualitive data (oral history)" - Methodist Recorder
"The strength of McLeod's history is first, that it uses the oral-history experiences of ordinary people, in a variety of national cultures, who lived through these years, and second
...that it takes seriously the complexity of the changes that came and the significance of their sequencing and social contexts... I hope this book will soon be published in paperback and read widely. It is the 1960s that locate us all." - John Nurser Sofia
"McLeod makes effective use of oral testimony to shed light on the many ways in which Christians changed their religious practice, created their own patchwork of values and beliefs or simply lost interest in church affairs." - Benjamin Ziemann, History Today
"...the best book in this field...a magisterial assembly of facts, preferably statistics, about the changing status of Churches; and it carries on a dialogue with other scholars who have reached other conclusions while handling
the same subject in the mode of sociology." - David L. Edwards, Church Times
"Lucidly written [and] admirably concise...Professor McLeod has produced a work that is likely to remain the starting point for new research into the period for many years, perhaps for a generation." - Peter Webster, Reviews in History
1: The Decline of Christendom
2: Late Christendom
3: The Early Sixties
6: New Worlds
8: Sex, Gender, and the Family
9: The Crisis of the Church
10: From `Christian Country' to `Civilized Society'
11: The End of Christendom?