To Our Readers: Nov. 29, 1993

As it forever and ever shall be, the most famous cover line in TIME annals consists of three little words that appeared in April 1966: "Is God Dead?" Underscoring the theological skepticism that was analyzed in the article, the cover question was posed dramatically in red type against a severe black background without illustration. We grazed the wording concept in 1989 with "Is Government Dead?" and revisited it for this issue's examination of the longevity of the beliefs of Sigmund Freud, who, as it happens, was a renowned advocate of God's nonexistence.

Freud, of course, has been dead, literally, since 1939....

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