F or the third time in thirty-five years, I am devoting an editorial to reflections on this journal's years of publication. The two previous times given to reflections on this journal's history of publication were occasioned, in the first instance, upon the completion of the Journal's first fifteen years of publication, and, in the second instance, upon the completion of twenty-five years of its publication. This third occasion comes not only upon the completion of thirty-five years of publication, but also because it marks the occasion of the transfer of editorial responsibilities to a new editor, beginning with this volume.
As founding editor of Journal of Church and State, these personal reflections, in this my last editorial as editor, provide an opportunity for looking not only for looking in retrospect at this journal's past history, but also at its prospects for the future. In retrospect, I have, of course, many memories of the decades of this journal's publication, including its extremely modest beginning and the formidable challenge which my colleagues and I faced in launching a journal with virtually no financial reserves, no real assurance of receiving quality manuscripts worthy of publication, and almost no financial resources for advertising and promotion. Nonetheless, we were sustained in our efforts because of our belief in the rightness and ripeness of our endeavor. Thus, Journal of Church and State was born.