The 25 December 1965 issue of the Church News carried this announcement:
Group Plans Paper on ‘Mormon Thought’
A new quarterly journal, bearing the title “Dialogue – A Journal of Mormon Thought,” will make its appearance in 1966 at Stanford, California.
“Dialogue will be an independent publication to deal with Mormon thought and culture and the general relation of religious and secular life through articles, essays, reviews, editorials and the presentation of poetry and the visual arts,” according to its publication statement.
The journal will be published by the Dialogue Foundation, a nonprofit foundation incorporated under the laws of the State of Utah. All editorial and staff efforts will be given on a voluntary basis, as are manuscripts and artwork. Dialogue will be wholly dependent on its $6 a year subscription cost and financial contributions for its operation.
A 22-man board of editors operating in all parts of the United States will work with two advisory editors, Leonard Arrington, head of the department of economics at Utah State University, and Lowell Bennion of the University of Utah, dean of students.
An editorial staff will include Eugene England and Wesley Johnson, managing editors; Paul Salisbury, publication editor, and a score of other prominent educators, professional and businessmen.
While Dialogue is not an official publication of the Church, its editors are committed to the Church and its ideals, counting among its staff members of bishoprics and stake presidencies, reports Mr. Salisbury.
“There has been a feeling among academic and professional members of the Church to create a sense of community among such people,” Mr. Salisbury said. “There is also a desire to help Mormon students as they meet the challenges of university life, emphasizing that men need not relinquish their faith to be intellectually respectable nor relinquish their intelligence to be faithful.”
A special rate of $4 a year will be placed on student subscriptions.
Publication costs may have gone up a wee bit since 1966. Dialogue is holding its spring fundraiser now, with an unnamed donor offering to match contributions up to $3,000 — make every nickel do the work of two.