"Robertson Nicoll was a major figure of the years before, during and after the Edwardian period. As the founding editor of The British Weekly, he looked at contemporary issues from an Evangelical Christian standpoint and endorsed the political campaigns of militant Nonconformity. His views were treated with respect by leaders in church and state alike. Keith Ives' thorough study brings out the significance of this multidimensional man."
David Bebbington, Professor of History, University of Stirling
"This engaging and important book is essential reading for an understanding of how once-powerful English Nonconformity and Scottish Presbyterianism became as feeble as they are today … We are full of admiration for the way Keith Ives has researched all the material relevant to his subject. This is no easy exercise. No biography of Nicoll has been published since T.H. Darlow wrote his in 1925 … There is much in this book which is relevant to evangelicalism today ..."
Iain H. Murray, in Banner of Truth
"Keith Ives depicts Nicoll's life in a clear and interesting manner ... The book supplies an illuminating account of a key figure in the story of the influence of higher critical scholarship in Britain at the end of the nineteenth and start of the twentieth centuries."
Robert Strivens, in Evangelical Times
"Readers fascinated with late Victorian religious history will find in this book an in-depth account of the gradual unravelling of evangelical orthodoxy in Britain as Protestant faculties of divinity and pulpits demonstrated how the 'tide' was receding, drawn by the pull of German criticism."
Kenneth J. Stewart, in Themelios, Vol 37, Issue 1
"Ive's book is based on extensive archival research and captures the multifaceted nature of Nicoll's contributions. ... Keith Ives has given us a well-written, balanced and engaging biography, which is especially good on the context of the Nonconformist conscience. As Ives demonstrates, Nicoll's efforts to bring Nonconformity into the cultural mainstream of British life contributed to the waning of a distinctive Nonconformist identity and may have ultimately diminished religious influence."
Stewart J. Brown, in Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, Vol 32 (2)
"This book is a significant addition to our understanding of a difficult transition in the life of the minority Churches in this country."
David M. Thompson, in The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol 64, Issue 2