Editorials -- By: Anonymous
BSac 100:398 (Apr 43) p. 209
Recognition of the Centennial Issue
The Centennial issue of BIBLIOTHECA SACRA (January-April, 1943) has already drawn out most formidable comment and recognition of the worthy history of this magazine through the past hundred years. The truth of God abides and this alone accounts for the fact that while rationalism and human philosophy have ever been changing, the testimony of BIBLIOTHECA SACRA has continued as it began, in loyalty to the Word of God. In so far as it remains adjusted to Him, that which is joined to God is not only immutable but is eternal. It is the immutable God revealed in His immutable Word that has determined the message of BIBLIOTHECA SACRA during the past century, and where He alone is honored the same immutable God and His immutable Word will determine this and every message of the next century and every century that may yet be. His unchangeable self and His unchangeable Word will remain what they are when human knowledge, wisdom, and conceit have vanished forever. This quarterly enters its second century proud to be a witness to the eternal God and His unalterable Word.
Lewis Sperry Chafer
Ayer’s well-known Directory of Newspapers and Periodicals tabulates with the religious publications to be listed in its pages 9 theological magazines. Doubtless, two or three times as many as this are being printed. The significant fact for editorial comment, then, is not the small number but the small circulation which theological material enjoys today. Several of the 9 journals are issuing articles other than the strictly theological type along with religious themes. And yet only one among them can boast a circulation surpassing the one-thousand
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mark. (A few periodicals had less than five hundred copies printed.) Included with the 9 magazines were noteworthy productions unrelated to a denomination as well as denominational organs.
How is the unpopularity of theological journalism to be explained? Poor editorship, poor articles, or poor interest in the ministerial world-which will account for the low tide of productivity? Defects in editing there must be. None of us has passed beyond the realm of imperfection and error. But the mere fact that hundreds of religious and denominational periodicals flourish today would argue against any dearth of editorial acumen, not to speak of the publications which fairly bulge from every newsstand in the country. Editors are legion, if not always acute. Defects in the contributors and contributions there also must be in a world like ours. Yet that has not prevented a literary flood of substantial proportions from sweeping over all. The high water caused by the appearing of many volumes an...
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