This book is one of The Christian Faith Series of which Reinhold Niebuhr is consulting editor. In it a young British theologian, a Congregationalist, reviews the history of the Church and its functioning in the modern world in its various aspects and relationships. The author finds that what is truly strange and unique about the Church is its power of internal renewal. Time and again the Church has seemed to be dying. But it has not died. In fact, it seems more alive today than in many a generation. To explain and interpret this continuing vitality of the Church, Professor Jenkins outlines the development of the Church from Bible times on and discusses the place in the Church of the Bible, the sacraments and the relation of the Church to the State and to society in general. He gives a plausible interpretation of the principle that ""outside of the Church there is no salvation"". A thorough and thoughtful book. More for the laity than for the clergy and theologians. Its point of view would be acceptable to most evangelical Christians, but not to Catholics, Anglo-Catholics nor, at points, to Lutherans.