'A Rising Tide' by Dr Stuart Lange
is about evangelical Christianity in New Zealand between 1930-1965. The
book is about the moderate, British-style evangelical Christianity
shaped by the Evangelical Union/InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVF)
movement and by many other evangelical bodies including New Zealand
Bible Training Institute (NZBTI).
Various academic reviewers described the book as an “a tour de
force”, an “outstanding contribution to our understanding of Christian
history in New Zealand”, “impeccably-researched and fair-minded”, a
“masterly analysis”, and “compelling reading”. Professor David
Bebbington (leading historian of evangelical Protestantism in Britain
and worldwide) describes Stuart’s work as “central to an understanding
of the New Zealand religious experience”.
Stuart is a Senior Research Fellow at Laidlaw College, and
is also the senior pastor at Massey Presbyterian Church.