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Front Page: winter 1990
WHY ANOTHER RELIGIOUS PUBLICATION?
If there is anything the world already has enough of, surely that
would be religious publications. The pouches of our mail carriers
bulge with religious journals, magazines, periodicals, and bulletins
already circulating through our postal system. The Church of Christ,
which the publishers of The Skeptical Review were once affiliated
with, produces the Gospel Advocate, Firm Foundation, Christian
Chronicle, Reason & Revelation, Power, and at least a score of
smaller, less known publications, and the journalistic production of
many other churches is just as prolific. Why then would anyone want to
add anything else to this mountainous glut?
We could quibble and say that ours is not a religious publication. In
the strictest sense of the word, religion is the expression of belief
in and reverence for a supernatural entity, so in that respect ours
will certainly not be a "religious" publication. At no time will we be
found admonishing our readers to "believe in God"; we won't even get
involved in the theism-atheism controversy. Being primarily agnostic
in our convictions, we will leave this matter to those who are far
more sure of their positions (on both sides) than we could ever be.
Our purpose will be to promote critical examination of the Bible
inerrancy doctrine, and that will make ours an unusual publication.
There are journals that devote some space to this subject, but only
one other we know about that exists only to challenge traditional
assumptions on which this belief has thrived. As our readers get to
know us, we suspect that many will concur in saying that we are far
from religious. Some might even insist that "irreligious" more
appropriately describes us. Nevertheless, our editorial purpose will
focus in each issue on an important religious matter-- the doctrine of
Bible inerrancy-- and so to that extent we have to agree that ours is
a religious publication. We just can't think of The Skeptical Review
as being only "another" religious publication. We think we will be
quite different from the others.
An important difference will be our editorial policy of publishing
competently written responses to our lead articles. Not many religious
journals do this. Most of them publish only materials that agree with
the particular doctrinal beliefs they were created to promulgate. In
this issue, for example, we are publishing "The Inerrancy Doctrine Is
Found To Be Impregnable," which Jerry Moffitt was invited to write in
reply to "The Last Hurrah of the Inerrancy Doctrine," our lead article
that begins on the next page. In future issues, we will continue to
publish dissenting views.
We had a twofold purpose in adopting this policy. First, we firmly
believe that no philosophical opinion, not even our own, is worthy of
acceptance if it cannot survive the scrutiny of public forum.
Secondly, we believe that printing responses to our articles will
demonstrate the soundness of our position. If the best qualified minds
in the inerrancy camp cannot refute our arguments-- and we believe
they can't-- that should be a strong indication, at the very least,
that our position deserves further consideration.
With the publication of our first issue, we earnestly solicit your
consideration of our views on this important matter. If you disagree
with us, write a response. We will consider it for publication. If you
have questions, send them to us. We will try to answer them.