The paper contrasts the humanist and Christian positions, arguing that the former is not one of enlightened optimism but rather renders moral endeavour hopeless. Christian affiliation may at first sight not seem to fare any better, but it affirms the reality of prayer and the divine answers to it. Ultimately Christian hope rests on the promises of God. Within the Christian framework of thinking there is good reason to believe, then, in the hopefulness of moral endeavour. All this leads to a programme for further explorations as hope seeks for understanding (spes quaerens intellectum).
Logos founder and editor emeritus Gordon Graham reflects on his nearly two-decade love affair with this journal which he launched in 1990. After a long and distinguished career in publishing—including from 1974 to 1990 as chairman and chief executive of Butterworths, the legal and scientific publisher that has been a division of Reed International since 1967—Graham started Logos to provide a forum for book professionals to present and discuss their ideas about the history, current state, and future of their industry. Under Graham’s stewardship, Logos has maintained a unique and important position between the academic journals and the news-oriented trade publications covering the industry. With this article, Graham caps his association with Logos as he passes the baton to Brill, its new publisher.