Talk the Talk

Article excerpt

Dialogue is at the headwaters and heart of religion, just as it is central to human community. Even though the Buddha is enlightened in silence, he engages through the night in Dharma combat with Mara, illusion, and then spends forty years teaching through dialogue what he has learned. God speaks with Adam and Eve in the garden and with the prophets; Jesus walks along the road conversing with his disciples. Krishna and Arjuna pause before battle to engage in the moral conversation of the Bhagavad Gita. Mohammad receives the Koran in one-to-one encounter with Allah.

This issue of CrossCurrents consists of numerous dialogues designed to explore some of the dimensions of the contemporary religious landscape that have engaged the attention of those of us who make up the CrossCurrents diaspora. We identified some people we wanted to interview and in some cases added a selection from the work of our subjects. What started a year ago as the "all-interview" issue expanded into one that includes fiction by Catherine Madsen and an essay by Czeslaw Milosz, as well as something not quite an interview by Charles Henderson. …