July 1981 · Vol. 10 No. 3 · p. 2 

In This Issue: Influences Upon Mennonite Brethren Theology

Delbert L. Wiens

The Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies in Canada held a symposium on November 21-22, 1980, on the topic “Influences Upon Mennonite Brethren Theology.” Papers on the history of the Mennonite Brethren churches of Winkler, Manitoba, and Coaldale, Alberta, were read. The status of current Mennonite Brethren research was surveyed, and trends in Mennonite hymnody were illustrated. Five major papers were presented.

Henry Krahn outlined the Free Church concept of the Anabaptists as the background for Mennonite Brethren theology and suggested some aspects of this vision which need reassessment and reaffirmation. His concluding section leads off this issue of Direction.

J. B. Toews discussed the influence of fundamentalism on Mennonite Brethren, and Herb Giesbrecht listed theological influences under selected doctrinal topics.

John Redekop presented the results of a survey on the influence of economic trends, and Abe Dueck illustrated the development of political consciousness in Canadian churches.

All of the major papers have been heavily edited in order to fit into the Direction format. Much of the corroborating evidence has been left out of some of the papers and whole sections of others have been deleted. The original papers are on file at the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies in Canada, 77 Henderson highway, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2L 1L1.

The editors of Direction are pleased to offer the July issue to the Center for this report of the proceedings of the symposium. Our indebtedness is complete, not only for the editorial labors of its Director, Ken Reddig, but for the financial subsidy which makes this enlarged issue possible.