David Dowland presents one of the first analytical accounts of Anglican theological training during its formative period, the nineteenth century. Until this time Oxford and Cambridge had been recognized as the most desirable sources of Anglican clergymen, but there was to be an upsurgence of little-known colleges attended by lower-middle-class ordinands which cut across the assumption that the training received at the fashionable colleges was superior. Dowland
discusses the official attitudes towards the innovation of training large numbers of middle-class and lower-middle-class men for the ministry in an industrial age where a shift of power to the lower
classes was widespread.
`Important and well researched book ... this book skilfully fills a gap in 19th-century church history. It should be read by all involved today in the selection and training of ordinands.'
`The book highlights very well the hard struggles with which the founders of 'red brick' theological colleges had to grapple ... The colleges and their founders are viewed both sympathetically and critically in what is a well-written account of an important aspect of Victoria church history.'
`'...the careful research is well documented...''
Alan Dunstan, Theology
`Dowland's book is a significant addition to the literature dealing with the Church of England in the nineteenth century ... Dowland clearly demonstrates his understanding of nineteenth century Anglican theological training, and he also handles important questions of class and status in an articulate and scholarly fashion. This book gives another insight into the changing climate of Anglicanism from the perspective of the theological education of is
Rene Kollar, St. Vincent Archabbey, Albion, vol 31, no 1, Spring 1999