May-October 2007

Volume 18, Number 2




A Tale of Saint Iodasaph

The Cross and the Raft

Robert M. Price

Not quite fiction, yet more than intellectual ingenuity, the "Tales of Saint Iodasaph" offer an intriguing sort of wisdom born from a what-if. As readers of C*NAQ know, while Robert M. Price's "Tales" feature a hypothetical Saint Iodasaph, the "real" Saint Iodasaph is, in fact, the accidental Christianization of a Buddhist legend from the Jataka Tales. In Price's "The Cross and the Raft," the monastery of Saint Iodasaph hosts a stranger from a faraway island where the dharma was taught very differently. The visitor's questions draw Saint Iodasaph into sharing a story of the Bodhisattva Jesus.

A Pensive Pause

Maybe It Is all about Me!

Joanne Winetzki

Garish little velvet pillows boasting "It's all about me!" epitomize the Me-First, I'm-Number-One thinking that pervades a culture steeped in commercialism. In this "Pensive Pause," Joanne Winetzki upturns those little pillows in "Maybe It Is all about Me!"

The Folly of Certitude

Robert Arias

"The certainty of knowledge and the certitude of belief are not equivalent states of mind," writes Rob Arias. "The Folly of Certitude: The Case for Believing in What We Know" begins with a look at Pope Benedict's "unfortunate initial exchange with the Muslim world," wherein the then-new Pope quoted an incendiary remark of a Medieval Byzantine emperor. Then Arias takes us on a fascinating exploration of the historical development of reason vis-à-vis religious belief. Arias cogently argues for the necessity of differentiating the certainty of fact and the certitude of religious conviction, urging us to believe in what we, as rational beings, do indeed know.

A Peek Between the Covers

Joanne Winetzki

In this issue's "Peek," Joanne Winetzki reviews a title focused on a different approach to "the good life" — Relax, You're Already Home: Everyday Taoist Habits for a Richer Life, by Raymond Barnett, Ph.D.

The Letters Library

C*NAQ readers speak out

An interesting mixture of feedback on the August 2006-April 2007 issue of C*NAQ includes response to Robert Arias' essay, "If You Meet the Sorcerer on the Road, Curse Him: Recapitulating Carlos Castaneda," and thoughts on a C*NAQ first: a new look with splashes of color.


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