July 1973 · Vol. 2 No. 3 · p. 65 

In This Issue

Delbert L. Wiens

We differ in our attitudes to ethical concerns; there are those who insist that one’s behaviour and orientation have purely personal connotations; there are those who see community ramifications for all actions. For some, theology is a discussion that is of utmost importance in deciding truth; for others, debate is meaningless, and it is the commitment—and the degree and expression of that commitment—to a cause that is of paramount value.

Perhaps we can begin to see the need to tie these several strands together; “indeed it may well be that the Christian ethical question is the concealed axis around which the contemporary theological debate tends to revolve in uncertain dialectic” (N. H. G. Robinson in his preface to The Groundwork of Christian Ethics). With this in mind, Dr. Ewert seeks to emphasize the relationship of ethics to Christian theology, echoing Bonhoeffer’s comment that Christian ethics deals not with good and evil, but with God.

Prof. Adrian continues the theological discussion by pointing out the contemporary dimensions of the erosion of God from western thought; implicit are the ethical consequences of such an erosion.

Pastoral concerns of identity and fulfillment are spoken to in Dr. Labun’s article, while Dr. Regehr addresses himself to a concern widely discussed—the role of women.

We invite you to read and to respond.