The Evangelical Alliance has produced a snapshot of the Christians it seeks to serve, summarising the findings of a survey of 17,000 people with commentary from evangelical social scientists.

Stephen Holmes explores the distinctive content of evangelical theology, distinguishing between academic and lived theology. He concludes that UK evangelicals fit within standard definitions of evangelical identity while observing some differences from US evangelicalism.

Dave Landrum’s concluding chapter sees hope in the many thriving evangelical churches, despite the increasing secularisation of society and occasionally hostile media.

The Evangelical Alliance hopes this book will help members ‘continue to be fruitful witnesses’. I’m not convinced it will do that, but it will be of interest to sociologists on religion.

MARTYN EDEN is Premier Christian Radio’s political editor