20 MAY 1905, Page 23

The Use of Penitence. By Edward T. Churton. (Mowbray and

Co.)—We cannot discuss all the questions raised in this book. They are indeed of a nature which makes them mostly unsuitable to these columns. Dr. Churton seems to hold views of the necessity, or, to say the least, of the great benefit, of habitual confession which, in our judgment, are not to be found in Anglican formularies. But let this pass. Would any Anglican divine of the seventeenth century, the period to which Dr. Churton and his friends look back with special admiration, have used the words "the loving protection of St. Joseph" ? But then the Caroline divines did not flout the principles on which the Reformation was based.