27 JUNE 1896, Page 11

Religious and Civil Government in the United States. By Isaac

A. Cornelison. (G. P. Putnam's Sons.)—" A State without a Church, but not without a Religion," is the motto on Mr. Cornelison's title-page which expresses his views. The absolute neutrality about which some theorists talk is an impossibility. At the same time the line is very difficult to draw. The obser- vance of Sunday is a case in point. Such an observance is the law of the State, yet theoretically it is difficult to defend. The volume has, for the present at least, a theoretical interest only for us, but it is worth consideration as an argent on a subject pf considerable irefartarliVet