Mother’s Day, which falls on May 12, once again reminds us that the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. Unfortunately, too few mothers these days rock their child’s cradle and, correspondingly, the influence of mother and family in molding the lives of the young has deteriorated significantly in Western Christendom. Still, so Gladys Hunt argues, we have turned a corner. Read her thoughts on motherhood just to warm your heart.

Gary Collins offers wise counsel regarding the current flood of pop psychologies, pointing out their undoubted value, but also raising serious questions about extravagant claims and warning against unrealistic expectations. He gives practical guidelines for evaluating the confusing multitude of “nonprofessionals.”

Also in this issue, Jim Reapsome offers a miscellany of interesting and useful information from the CHRISTIANITY TODAY-Gallup Poll, and Anthony Hoekema successfully refutes the commonplace that history means nothing, by setting forth a truly biblical philosophy of history.

It is with deep regret that we bid goodbye to senior editor Edward Plowman, who has resigned to publish a religious newsletter. Ed joined the staff nearly ten years ago, succeeding as news editor E. Russell Chandler, now of the Los Angeles Times, who in turn succeeded Richard Ostling of Time Magazine. We wish Ed well in his new venture. His name will still appear in CHRISTIANITY TODAY as he continues to submit news reports and feature articles. We are grateful for the solid journalistic contribution he has made to CT over the last decade. In the field of religious news, he exemplifies responsible “investigative reporting” at its best.

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