There is no problem which needs more serious consideration by Christians today than the one raised by Dr. Everett Tilson, Professor of Biblical Theology at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Nashville, Tennessee, in this book. His intention is to provide an objective inquiry into the matter, beginning with the Biblical treatment of the subject in the Old and New Testaments. Then follows a historical survey of the attitude of the churches on the subject of drinking, showing the change from the moderation of Jesus' day to the total abstinence advocated by John Wesley. Finally Dr. Tilson discusses the nature and destiny of man, and points out their bearing on the Christian's answer to this question, and then he sets forth the ethical principles by which the temperance course can be justified. This book makes a positive contribution to a much disputed subject; it will be of value to many others than members of the Women's Christian Temperance Union. Those who work with alcoholics will find good reinforcement here.