For two years our Eutychus IV has been J. D. Douglas, a doughty Scotsman whose incisive insights, dry wit, and pungent comments on contemporary foibles have hit home again and again. He has done a splendid job. Dr. Douglas is currently hard at work on what may well be a monumental dictionary of the Christian Church; it is due for completion in several years. We wish him well.
Eutychus V takes up his pen in this issue, and as is customary his identity will be kept secret. All we can say is that he prepares his copy in a countryside retreat, in a structure acoustically designed to amplify the praises of the pleased and deflect the pique of the provoked. We hope readers will enjoy his fortnightly musings.
Two feminine voices are heard in this issue. M. Whitcomb Hess, who has appeared in our pages a number of times, writes about the poet Henry Vaughan. Ruth Schmidt takes up a more controversial matter: Women’s status in the Church. Although I do not share all her views, I agree with enough of them to feel a bit uncomfortable. We’ll wait for the male on this one!
Also in this issue: Joel Nederhood of the “Back to God” broadcast has a prophetic word to say about Christians and the revolutionary spirit of the age, while William Wineke discusses “The Problems and Prospects of Evangelical Radio” in an essay that is likely to draw some fire. Finally, we hope readers will read the note that precedes Hendrik Kraemer’s article as well as the article itself. We applaud especially his statement that it is wrong to suppose “that the Church ought to promise and guarantee the realization of an ideal social and political order.” It will come, to be sure, but only with the return of the Saviour. Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!1
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