A Letter From The Publisher: Dec. 26, 1969

ON April 8, 1966, TIME'S cover posed the question "Is God Dead?" The story discussed the emergence and growing voice of the "God is dead" school of theologians. It proved to be one of the most provocative articles the magazine has ever run, and for months the arguments and addenda kept coming in from concerned readers.

Recently, the death-of-God theologians have fallen silent, while ministers of all denominations have embarked on new, dynamic ways of bringing the divine back into daily existence. Hence TIME'S follow-up cover story, "Is God Coming Back to Life?" Again,...