Ian Farley analyzes and assesses the life and work of J.C. Ryle, the first Bishop of Liverpool. Arguments were raging over liturgy and the role of women, congregations struggled with increasing financial pressures and the clergy numbers were meanwhile declining. This biography is able to not only look at the man, but also the times in which he served God — what evangelicalism looked like in the last decades of the 19th century. It highlights important parallels with the modern era and offers challenging insights into the church today.
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About the Author
Ian Farley is an Anglican clergyman. After a travelling RAF childhood and a period as a teacher of history and PE, he has served the Church of England in a wide-ranging ministry - in suburbia, the inner city and now in a parish in rural Norfolk, where he lives with his wife and four children.