Studies in Comparative Religion
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F. Clive-Ross

F. Clive-Ross. Francis Clive-Ross (1921-1981) was the founder, editor-in-chief and publisher of Studies in Comparative Religion, the earliest and most influential English-language journal of traditional studies. Studies in Comparative Religion was founded in Britain in 1963 and published under the name Tomorrow until 1967, when it was changed to its present name. Four quarterly issues per year, containing over 1,200 articles in total, were published during the first 25 years of Studies in Comparative Religion’s existence, before its publication was interrupted in 1987.

Clive-Ross was also a Trustee of the World of Islam Festival held in London in 1976 and penned a number of editorials and articles.

During its first 25 years, the journal had its offices in a wing of the Clive-Ross home in Pates Manor, Bedfont, which dates its origins to the 15th century. Charles le Gai Eaton wrote about Clive-Ross’s dedication to Studies in Comparative Religion:

It was because he himself believed that such ideas are the most real things in the world that Clive-Ross found the strength to struggle against difficulties (not least those of funding) which might have seemed insuperable to a lesser man. It was his deep conviction that the beliefs, the spiritual “point of view”, expressed in the pages of Studies represented a truth for which the world is hungry that enabled him to fulfill his task up to the end of his life. In this he was single-minded and showed a toughness which contrasted with his amiable and easygoing nature.


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Now that the first year is completed for Studies in Comparative Religion, the editor F Clive Ross feels that it is important to acknowledge that the choice of a new title, that better reflects the actual emphasis in topics and articles, was a wise one. According to Mr Ross, the journal has already received wider circulation and they are anticipating a rise in articles about interesting and diverse topics, written by well known thinkers in this field. The editor prepares readers for an expanded edition of 64 pages in the winter season, but which unfortunately includes a higher cost as well. The editor encourages readers to continue their support and to spread the word to their friends regarding this journal.
Editorial - Autumn 1967Clive-Ross, F. Vol. 1, No. 4. ( Autumn, 1967) General Information
Following the change of the journal's title from Tomorrow to Studies in Comparative Religion, editor F. Clive-Ross thinks it advisable to re-state the mission of the journal: Studies is devoted to the exposition of the teachings, spiritual methods, symbolism, and other facets of the religious traditions of the world, together with the traditional arts and sciences which have sprung from those religions. It is not sectarian and, inasmuch as it is not tied to the interests of any particular religious group, it is free to lay stress on the common spirit underlying the various religious forms..
Editorial - Winter 1967Clive-Ross, F. Vol. 1, No. 1. ( Winter, 1967) General Information
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