The last decade has witnessed a vigorous resurgence of evangelical publishing. This has been observed on a broad front, not only in this country but also in England and the Continent, and it has been evidenced not only in a flood of books, both reprints and originals, but also in the field of periodicals.
In our own country there has been a rather general impression of late years that the current evangelical revival, in so far as the printed page is concerned, was expressing itself chiefly in the form of reprints of theological works of an earlier era. True, this is part of the picture, fragmentary even if obvious and noteworthy at times. But viewed in proper perspective, the postwar theological reprint publishing bonanza must be regarded as only a necessary preliminary action in the developing evangelical movement to face the world once again with a respectable, scholarly literature.
Nor is it the case, as many have supposed, that the renewed emphasis on evangelical publishing has been solely a hinterland phenomenon, confined to a few relatively new midwest and far west organizations. Actually, some of the most significant events in recent publishing history, from an evangelical point of view, have been taking place in the traditional strongholds of American publishing—New York and the other metropolitan centers of the eastern United States.
It must be admitted at once that religious publishing has not yet regained its former position and vigor. Solid evangelical and theological books once were reviewed prominently in the large metropolitan papers and discussed in the daily columns of the nation’s leading commentators. Today we do not find the Menckens and the Lippmanns of the moment commenting seriously on volumes of apologetics, ...1
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