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The past decade and a half have been exciting years of witness. We have tried to present orthodox Christianity to nonevangelicals reasonably and persuasively and to provide evangelicals with a scholarly apologetic for their faith. We have explored the relation between evangelism and social action on the part of Christians and have tried to stimulate a new sense of responsibility in those who formerly had shied away from involvement in the affairs of the world. At the same time we have given hearty support to personal and mass evangelism. As a tenth-anniversary project CHRISTIANITY TODAY sponsored the World Congress on Evangelism in 1966, which resulted in regional congresses that have brought new life and vigor to many within the churches around the world. We look expectantly and prayerfully to the nationwide evangelistic efforts in 1973, an outgrowth of the Key Bridge consultations initiated by CHRISTIANITY TODAY three years ago.

There is another side to the picture. Ours is a deeply troubled world. Men without Christ, confronted by unprecedented challenges, drift as though the needle of the compass pointed in all directions at the same time. Yet our world is not irreligious. Many persons who have scrapped belief in the supernatural still cling to one form or another of naturalistic belief. They, like Christians, are “believers” in the sense of taking things on “faith,” rather than holding only to physically verifiable “facts.”

The professing church, like the world, has been shaken by the storms, and its foundations have been subjected to erosive forces. Wracked by agnosticism and unbelief, and infiltrated by atheistic existentialism, the professing church presents no united front to ride out the storm or even to ...

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