Periodical Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 135:540 (Oct 1978)
Article: Periodical Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Periodical Reviews

“Of Prophetic Robes and Weather Vanes,” An Interview with Kenneth Kantzer, Christianity Today, April 7, 1978, pp. 21-26.

In more than twenty-one years of publication Christianity Today has been directed by only two editors—Carl F. H. Henry, the founding editor, and Harold Lindsell, his successor. Henry gave birth to volume 1, number 1, October 15, 1956, after several months of fetation and of ficially ended his editorship with volume 12, number 20, published July 5, 1968. Lindsell’s name topped the masthead for the first time in volume 12, number 25, dated September 27, 1968, and he relinquished the editorial reins with volume 22, number 13, published April 7, 1978. For strict historical accuracy Christianity Today has had a third editor before Kenneth Kantzer, Lindsell’s successor. In the hiatus between Henry’s official leaving and Lindsell’s official start the name of L. Nelson Bell as executive editor led the masthead. However, Henry continued to provide editorial direction during that time though he was no longer editor and Lindsell also was actively involved though he was not yet editor.

Now a third person is taking editorial leadership, Kenneth S. Kantzer, dean of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. The big question is, What direction will Christianity Today take under this new leader? This interview seeks to answer that question. It was conducted by correspondence with “a cross-section of religious leaders” directing questions “of general concern” to the new editor. The questions and responses used in the interview are only a portion of those asked. Inevitably and naturally the questions reflect the interests of the questioners.

The title of the article reflects Kantzer’s vision for the future of Christianity Today and his editorship. First, the magazine is to be a prophetic voice, communicating the message and truth of God contained in the Holy Scriptures as it relates to the issues of the day. In the words of Scripture it should say, “This is the way, walk ye in it” (Isa 30:21),

when there is clear direction from God in the Bible. Second, the magazine should be a weather vane, showing which way the winds are blowing in the complex theological and ecclesiastical arenas.

“The Persian Names in Esther and the Reliability of the Hebrew Text,” A. R. Millard, Journal of Biblical Literature 96 (December 1977): 481-88.

Raising doubts about the historical accuracy of the Old Testament and the purity of the Hebrew Old Testament text has been the favorite pastime of liberal scholars for more than a century...

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