Periodicals; Mormons; Religious thought; Philosophy and religion
Independent national quarterly established to express Mormon culture and examine the relevance of religion to secular life. It is edited by Mormons who wish to bring their faith into dialogue with human experience as a whole and to foster artistic and scholarly achievement based on their cultural heritage. The journal encourages a variety of viewpoints; although every effort is made to insure accurate scholarship and responsible judgment, the views expressed are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of the Mormon Church or of the editors.
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AMONG THE MORMONS Edited by Ralph W. Hansen A Survey of Current Literature People do not deserve to have good writing, they are so pleased with bad. ~ T 7 Lmerson, journals Life, Look and now Courage are gone but presumably not forgotten. Courage, for those of you not familiar with this periodical, was the RLDS counterpart to Dialogue which ceased publication in 1973 after three hopeful volumes. I bring this fact to the reader's attention only to emphasize the tenuous existence faced by periodicals in this inflationary era. The problems are simple to describe but difficult to overcome. First the Post Office, in an effort to meet its costs, is gradually increasing postal rates for magazines and newspapers. Paper costs are skyrocketing, but worse yet paper is in short supply. How this will affect printers and publishers is yet to be seen. And, finally, labor costs are increasing. Dialogue, which is essentially a volunteer effort, has no control over such external costs but must find ways to pay them or perish. The publishing industry is facing an uncertain future and Dialogue will have to struggle with its compatriots. Whether Dialogue survives or not is of little consequence to most of the nation. However, survival of the magazine industry as we know it today is of vital importance. Without the means of disseminating information, without the public having the vehicles to support its right to know, this country faces an equally uncertain future. This is not a plea for Dialogue. It is however, a warning that the problems that beset Dialogue are not unique and may soon be besetting The Ensign or The Reader's Digest. In this issue "Among the Mormons" is concerned with recent books (and a few records) of interest to Latter-day Saints. As usual the following bibliography makes no pretensions at completeness. Selections were made from new publications issued since the last listing was presented in the Summer 1972 issue of Dialogue. 174