October 2005 - July 2006

Volume 17, Number 4




Through the Editor's Eyes

Ease on Down the Road

Catherine Groves

In her July-September 2004 editorial "Late!" Catherine Groves discussed the challenges of and frustrations in achieving the timely release of Christian*New Age Quarterly issues. As Groves then confided, "when any one aspect tips out of balance, a cascading effect ripples through all." That cascading effect continues to haunt C*NAQ's publishing schedule. But there's a plan afoot! We're going to "Ease on Down the Road."

Remembering Jake

Back Home with Kansas

Robert Arias

Just what, after all, is that inexplicable bond between immediate friends? In this deeply personal, exquisitely composed essay, Rob Arias shares a look at those defining moments that reflect the relationship between him and Jake: a friendship forged in college days —  days spent absorbed in discussions of "family histories and worldly impressions, humorous anecdotes and sober ambitions," philosophy and religion, Buddhism and Christianity. And then there was the music of the rock band Kansas.

A Tale of Saint Iodasaph

Seeking for Signs

Robert M. Price

With skyrocketing fuel costs, who wouldn't relish the knack for generating at will enough body heat to melt snow — or warm a monastery? But first, before we go stirring up tapas, we might wish to heed the wisdom of Robert M. Price's hypothetical Saint Iodasaph. As readers of C*NAQ know, the "real" Saint Iodasaph is, in fact, the accidental Christianization of a Buddhist legend from the Jataka Tales.

A Pensive Pause

Give up Hope for the Future

Joanne Winetzki

How might hope — seen not as a quality or goal, but as a process — free us to progress in making the world a safer and better place? In this "Pause," Winetzki explores hope as practiced by Kiyoshi Amemiya and Sumaya Farhat-Naser. Amemiya invented a machine to clear landmines more quickly and safely than by hand. Farhat-Naser, a Palestinian woman, works "toward peace by engaging in dialogue and conflict resolution with Israeli women." Both of these individuals make the world a better place by the day-by-day practice of hope.

A Peek Between the Covers

Joanne Winetzki

For her first "Peek Between the Covers" as our "New Age Views" reviewer, Joanne Winetzki critiques The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog: The Landscape of Celtic Myth and Spirit by Patricia Monaghan. "This is not a book for a speed reader. Its message and beauty lie hidden like the orchids in the crevices in the Burren, the rocky area in West County Clare.... the charm and fascination of the book," Winetzki suggests, is "the awakening of the mind to new interpretations of many of our worn, trite and often erroneous perceptions."

The Letters Library

One of the intriguing letters sent in by our readers explores the relationship between Jesus Christ and the Vedanta Society, founded by Sri Ramakrishna. In another, the Reverend Bruce G. Epperly — a frequent contributor to C*NAQ — comments on the Reverend Daniel B. Hahn's July-September 2005 "Peek" at Mending the World: Spiritual Hope for Ourselves and Our Planet, coauthored by Epperly and Rabbi Lewis D. Solomon.


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