John Wakeman wrote:
We serve a society in flux, poised between annihilation and Utopia, torn by the technological revolution, swept by great social movements and great political changes, confused by a babble of conflicting traditions. It is a society that desperately needs both stimulus and a sense of continuity. It needs documentation of the truths it once held self-evident. It needs the raw materials of reflection and discussion, the makings of a consensus, the intellectual heat that will finally melt the contents of the melting pot (28).