April-June 2003

Volume 15, Number 2




Eden's Other Tree

A Mythical Musing on Learned Ignorance

Robert Arias

We all know the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Having eaten from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Bad, Adam and Eve are banished from the Garden to toil and sweat and suffer. But what of that other tree? What part does it play in a mythological rendering of the human existential condition? What does that juxtaposition of the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Bad tell us about the excellence — and the limitations — of rational understanding? And how, in the end, can we know the living reality of God's grace?

A Pensive Pause

Morning and Midnight in the Garden of Eden

John W. Groff, Jr.

This is not a Pause you might expect if you are a regular reader of Father John W. Groff's work in C*NAQ. It tells the story of a man — a meditation teacher and practiced in the Journey — who suddenly loses everything. His everything was his soulmate, his friend, his lover, his wife, who one day abruptly announced, "I don't want to be married anymore." This piece shares, in a intimate way, the tumbling that can happen to any one of us, no matter the depth of our spirituality.

A Peek Between the Covers

Mark Pitstick

Near Death Experiences can provide clues to what may underlie the nature of our reality. Are we beings subject to Heaven or Hell? Mere mortals who live and then simply cease to be? For this "Peek Between the Covers," Dr. Mark R. Pitstick explores Lessons from the Light: What We Can Learn from the Near-Death Experience, by Kenneth Ring, Ph.D. and Evelyn E. Valarino.

Zip Code Zapped!

For twenty-plus years — since the inception of Christian*New Age Quarterly in 1989 and well before that — our publishing address has remained the same. Yet that's about to alter. Our zip code is changing, a decision of the USPS. While mail will be forwarded to our new zip code through 2003, we're urging readers to be alert for the change. Stay tuned for details!

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