"That there is a relationship between denominationalism and social class has long been recognized by religious historians and sociologists. Dr. MacLaren has succeeded in providing a fresh insight into this belief by his detailed examination of a particular case-study. The Disruption in Aberdeen is analysed in terms of the social background of those who remained within the Established Church of Scotland and those who seceded to form the Free Church. In the most valuable biographical notes provided at the end of this book, the author has established who these people were, their occupations, their places of residence and their church affiliations" (p. 112-113). "Dr. MacLaren has made few concessions in his book to readers who are unacquainted with the religious history of Scotland and the character of Presbyterianism. It is nevertheless an excellent discussion of an important subject" (p. 113).