Time is not always a genial host that gently shakes its parting guest by the hand. This is my final Footnotes in CHRISTIANITY TODAY. At the behest of the retiring editor, who wishes to give his successor liberty in soliciting magazine features, I bid this page a prompt farewell.

Since 1969 this evangelical commentary has appeared monthly. From the outset the title reflected frankly that my views were simply my own meanderings and merely marginal to the magazine’s editorial policy. Dispatched from every quarter of the globe, reporting evangelical strengths and weaknesses first hand, the page has reached for objectivity, fidelity, and balance.

CHRISTIANITY TODAY had not a single subscriber, not even an office, when God had led me in 1956 to accept the proffered editorship. On a beautiful California night my wife Helga and I drove, in silence and with clasped hands, to post the acceptance in the last outgoing mail. The magazine’s intended audience was clear. Sample issues went to Protestant clergymen of all affiliations, and then to intellectually alert lay leaders who, by keeping abreast of theological trends, might join in the battle for modern man’s wavering mind.

For the first Eutychus we narrowly missed enlisting C. S. Lewis. The ablest evangelical names on the Continent and in Britain joined prestigious American scholars in theological witness. Three years after our beginnings, a former religion editor of Time magazine acknowledged that to his surprise CHRISTIANITY TODAY attested the existence of an international interdenominational scholarship supportive of rational evangelical theism. Rewarding indeed it was, after hard editorial work, to win a listing of magazine articles in Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature.

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