A Letter From The Publisher: Apr. 8, 1966

IN TIME'S 43 years of publication, no story has been approached with more deliberation than this week's cover treatment of the contemporary concepts of God. The project was under consideration by the editors for nearly a year. What first brought the idea into the continuing discussions of possible cover subjects was the visibly growing concern among theologians about God and the secularized world of the mid-1960s. It was given impetus by the emergence of the "God is dead" group of theologians (TIME, Oct. 22), and the stir they created.

When the decision was made to go ahead with the project, Writer John...