Mauss, Armand L., Remy, John D., Reynolds, Robert W.
Maturing and Enduring : Dialogue and Its Readers after Forty Years
Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought
I ust about twenty years ago, the editors of Dialogue commissioned a general survey of subscribers. The results were published in its spring 1987 issue under the title, "The Unfettered Faithful," intended to evoke an image of religiously committed readers who felt free to explore the issues and frontiers of Mormon thought beyond the conventional treatments in official Church literature. The purpose of this article is partly to replicate and compare more recent survey results with the earlier ones. Our title refers not only to the "maturing and enduring" of our faithful readers (two-thirds of whom are now older than fifty), but also to the same developments in the journal itself, which has passed through many editorial hands and has survived more than one period of crisis in its forty-year history, even in recent years. Another purpose for this article is to provide both a descriptive and an analytical overview of the traits and interests of Dialogue readers at the opening of a new century, at least as indicated by those readers who responded to our survey.