This study of the noted 19th century German theologian by the professor of church history at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary-seeks to restore Ritschl to his-proper place among leading theological, influences of our time. Ritschl's-eminence on the theological scene was sharply reduced with the rise of Neo-orthodoxy in the 1930's and later. But now, with the decline or Barthianism, the time seems ready for his rehabilitation. This the author undertakes with careful scholarship and balanced judgment. The major part of the book is given to close analysis of Ritschl's theology, particularly his doctrines of justice and of reconciliation. His view of theology as a service to the practical life of the church is recognized. This is clearly a book for scholars and students who are conversant with the issues and Cross-references that inevitably attend it. In view of the contemporary theological confusion, it may be doubted whether the rehabilitation of Ritschl will prove to be, in the long run, much more than the refurbishing of a historical monument.