Dear Friends And Foes Of Eutychus Iii:
My stint as your bumbling but persistent correspondent ends with this final column of 1968. Following my illustrious Eutychus predecessors, Edmund Clowney and Addison Leitch, I now shed the ill-fitting cloak of anonymity and pass my quill to another phantom writer. Like Eutychus of Troas, who fell asleep during a long-winded, post-midnight sermon by the Apostle Paul, fell to his death from a third-story perch, and then came back to life after Paul embraced him, my successor Eutychus IV and his kin of letter-writers will undoubtedly come to life with lively comments on current ideas.
Service as assistant editor of CHRISTIANITY TODAY under Carl Henry and Harold Lindsell, two of Christ’s most able servants and finest men, has been a great experience. But my path this year has led back to the college classroom as a member of the speech faculty at California State Polytechnic College in San Luis Obispo. Classroom teaching offers what I like—direct give-and-take with sharp, uninhibited students—whereas the role of an editorial desk jockey provides very limited feedback. Busy readers rarely “talk back” when a writer has struck a responsive chord, provoked a flush of anger, produced a bored ho-hum, or perhaps evoked a chuckle or two. Furthermore, the college campus provides one of the most fertile fields for Christian witness, and I’m glad to be back.
I’ll miss the kicks gained from covering the religious kooks for this column. I have at times found a certain satisfaction in spraying a bit of journalistic gas on the sacrosanct or ridiculous termites infesting parts of the religious woods. But I’m sure the California campus rumpus with Black Panthers Cleaver, Murray, et al challenging Reagan, Rafferty, ...1
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