An almost uninterrupted series of campus confrontations by New Left radicals has stretched on for more than a year. Our lead editorial this issue addresses itself to an important aspect of that problem. Even more important is a two-part essay by Harold Kuhn that deals with the whole question of academic freedom, a principle that lies at the heart of the university crisis. Readers will benefit from a careful scrutiny of these pieces.
In the larger perspective, the essay by Professor Reid speaks to the issues of dictatorship and amoral, humanistic democracy. He calls for a return to true democracy, which makes possible the freedoms Christians enjoy. The lead essay on the ascension of Jesus Christ comes at the appropriate time on the Christian calendar. But, as Professor Fry points out, Ascension Day is a “forgotten festival,” in many American churches. Virginia Mollenkott examines the conflict between Christianity and aesthetics and comes out solidly for a correlation between them.
Readers often ask how to determine the expiration date of their subscription by the address label. It’s simple. Look at the last three numbers on the label: 125 means the 25th issue of 1971; 010 means the 10th issue of 1970. In other words, the last two digits are the issue number and the third digit from the end is the year. Happy sleuthing!1
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