We need a vigorous voice that will have the respect of all within the framework of historic Protestant orthodoxy.

What course shall the nation take in the year to come? January—the beginning of a new year and the beginning of new political attempts to solve the nation’s problems—also calls us at CHRISTIANITY TODAY to the task of identifying to readers our purposes, our convictions, our place in the life of the churches.

It’s easy in the process of sifting, choosing, and editing to lose sight of one’s basic purposes. It’s also easy to assume that the reader knows what the magazine stands for. In this initial editorial of the new year we want first to look back at the vision that gave birth to CHRISTIANITY TODAY, and then ahead, so our readers and the community at large will know our purposes and how we hope to achieve them.

More than a quarter century ago many looked at the country’s religious leadership and reckoned that evangelicalism was an endangered species. At that time, however, Billy Graham wrote with great foresight of a vast groundswell of change he had noted: “There has been a tremendous shift in theological thinking in the church within the past ten years. We are also aware that there has been a great shift in opinion throughout America concerning God, the Bible, the church, and the need for spiritual awakening. We have seen great segments of the church shifting back towards the orthodox and evangelical positions while at the same time we have seen religion grow popular in every stratum of society. Thousands of young ministers are really in the evangelical camp in their theological thinking and evangelistic zeal.

“However, strange to say, some of our major denominations, church councils, and other organizations are ...

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