At the second assembly of the World Council of Churches to be held at Evanston, Illinois in August, the theme in to be ""Jesus Christ, the Hope of the World"". To many Protestants, both lay and clerical, this theme seems academic and irrelevant to the faith and life of the church as we know it in America today. For associated with this topic in the minds of many is the question of the Second Coming of Christ. On this question, the large fundamentalist group has definite convictions which place this belief at the very center of its Gospel message. ""Liberals"" or ""modernists"", as the author calls them give very little importance to the doctrine of the Second Coming. The choice of this subject for the Evanston conference was apparently determined by the European members of the Council, and now that American churchmen have the subject in the docket they do not know exactly what to do with it. The purpose of this volume is to furnish a directive for American churchmen who may be attending the Conference or who will have to interpret it to their people. It is a scholarly work and steers a middle course between the extreme positions. It can never be handed to laymen, as is, but it will give Protestant ministers the theological background for whatever interpretations they want to make to their congregations.