The national attention won by the recent book on Church and State, we Hold These Truths, by the Rev. John Courtney Murray, S.J. suggests the response this book on a great Churchman should command. Here is a classic study of a saint who was the outstanding scholar and cleric of the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries- Robert Bellarmine. Bellarmine's Controversies became a ""best seller"" on the Continent during his day. A controversialist of the highest order, he was a temperate man in a day when the ""use of abuse"" was an international art. Since that time in History, Bellarmine has been the basis for all serious study of Church-state relations. This book originally appeared as a two volume Life and Work of Blessed Robert Francis Cardinal Bellarmine, S. J. in 1928. Out of print for many years, reissue was imperative in this day when life in a pluralistic society is undergoing thorough study. Father James Brodrick, S.J., the internationally respected scholar whose works include definitive lives of St. Francis Xavier and Ignatius of Loyola, has performed a distinctive service by up-dating the original and making this great book available again to the English speaking public.