One Hundred Years
The love of learning and the desire for God — theology and spirituality — lie at the heart of the one-hundred-year-old
ATR enterprise, which this centenary issue has been designed to celebrate. This double focus on theology and spirituality should come as no surprise to longtime readers of the journal. This centenary issue documents a century of publishing history marked by both striking continuity and remarkable change in the way our writers go about their business. There is continuity in the conviction that responsible theological reflection, comprehensive rather than partisan, is essential to the life of the church — a conviction that remains a particular charism of this journal. But there is also a history of change — sometimes radical change — in both what is said and who could say it in these pages.
Reprinted in this issue are pieces from the first decades of the journal’s publication, encompassing both theology and spirituality, written for lay as well as academic audiences. Later articles were chosen with an eye to current significance, revealing an ever-widening variety of theological points of view and theological styles; a greater sensibility to the newly heard voices in global Anglicanism, whether liberal or conservative; a closer attention to issues of gender and racial inequality; and an increasing appreciation for the theological richness of imaginative writing, including poetry.
This issue offers representation of the best work from across the decades, chosen by the editors and
ATR colleagues, recognizing that the “best” may not have been recognized as such at the time. Certain essays that were seen as important and groundbreaking now seem outdated, and other essays, not fully appreciated when first published, now come into a greater prominence with a combination of hindsight, history, and current preoccupations. The back issues of this journal are rich enough to create several alternative versions of what the issue presents.
We hope you will enjoy reading these centenary pieces as much as we enjoyed selecting them.
Roger Ferlo and Jason A. Fout, Editors