Pungent, vigorous writing characterizes this new book from the pen of the British divine, D. R. Davies, vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Brighton. He leaves no one in any doubt as to his convictions and his belief, and whether the reader agrees or not he cannot but respect and admire the forthright exposition of his views. The book is a blast at the assumption that human nature is basically good and of itself perfectible which, the author contends, lies behind the modern idea of inevitable progress. On the contrary Mr. Davies insists that man is inherently evil, and the doctrine of original sin is a cardinal Christian doctrine. Redemption, individual and social, can come only through a power above and other then human nature itself. Davies, therefore, ranges himself alongside of Niebuhr, Barth and the so-called Neo-Orthodox School. Indeed, he has been one of Niebuhr's protagonists and interpreters in England and has recently written a book in exposition of his views. This is a book for ministers, theologians and other thoughtful Christian leaders.