October 1977 · Vol. 6 No. 4 · p. 2 

In This Issue

Delbert L. Wiens

The lead article by Howard Loewen, “The Pauline View of Women,” and the response by David Bergen belong with the set of essays which were printed in the July Direction but which for space reasons could not be included there. These papers were presented at a conference on hermeneutics in December, 1976.

The essay by Dave Pauls on the ethical issue raised by new advances in biology reminds us that complex and insistent moral problems are seldom laid to rest by conference resolutions—especially when scientific advances bring new dilemmas. And yet, there must be appropriate forums for working out ethical principles and for learning how to apply them to actual situations. It is ironic that the basic problem should also be one of the oldest: what does it mean to be human?

The selection from a forthcoming commentary by D. Edmond Hiebert, together with reviews of recent books by G. W. Peters, Hans Kasdorf and Katie Funk Wiebe, one of our associate editors, illustrates that Mennonite Brethren writers are active. We hope that Mennonite Brethren readers are also alive and well.

If so, we would call their attention to the Index in this issue of articles which have appeared in Direction, 1972-1977. It should be used in conjunction with the index to Journal of Church and Society and Voice (predecessor publications) which appeared in Volume I, Number 1 (January, 1972).

During the past summer Howard Loewen relinquished the duties of managing editor. Since July 1974 he has shepherded Direction through printing, proof reading, subscriptions, and mailings, as well as overseeing the bookkeeping and helping to shape editorial policies. This fall he joins the faculty of Pacific College. Our heartfelt thanks to him and our gratitude/condolences to Allen Guenther, his successor, for undertaking these exacting and time-consuming tasks. The new managing editor is professor of Bible at Mennonite Brethren Bible College, Winnipeg.

Beginning with the January, 1978 issue John E. Toews joins John Regehr as consulting editor for Direction. John is Associate Professor of New Testament at the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Fresno, California.