Sacred Web 18

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Sacred Web 18

Sacred Web 18


Editorial: The Problem of Evil
by M. Ali Lakhani
The “problem” of evil is to reconcile its existence with the goodness and omnipotence of divine reality. This Editorial examines the issue from a metaphysical perspective in which evil is viewed as ignorance or illusion, on the one hand, or as sinfulness, on the other.

Special Section On The Sacred Web Conference
Report on the Sacred Web Conference

This is a brief report on the Sacred Web Conference held in Edmonton at the University of Alberta on September 23rd and 24th, 2006.     Read more ...

The Universal Grammar of Worldviews
by Huston Smith
A distillation of this sage’s many years of studying the great religions, and an attempt to articulate the key universal elements of metaphysics.

The Traditional Approach to Learning
by William C. Chittick
This paper is a study of the quest to recover the lost Heart in Chinese religious traditions and in Muslim teachings.

Tradition and The False Prophets of Modernism
by Harry Oldmeadow
This critique of certain aspects of the modernist doctrines of Nietzsche, Darwin, Freud, and Marx, considers the impact of these doctrines in the betrayal of Tradition.

The Heritage of Female Spirituality from a Traditionalist Perspective
by Maria Massi Dakake
Considering four models of female spirituality, namely, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Hagar, Teresa of Avila, and Rabi’ah, the author offers a study of the meaning of spirituality and its feminine aspects as part of a universal understanding of human spirituality.

Is There A Christian Non-Dualism?
by Wolfgang Smith
This paper explores the metaphysics of Christianity, arguing that it advaitic (non-dual) at core, though this dimension may appear heretical from the perspective of cataphatic or dualistic theology.

Seeing with Two Eyes: René Guénon, Ananda Coomaraswamy and the Complementary Reassertion of Traditional Metaphysics
by Peter Samsel
Remarking on the contrasting styles of exposition of traditional metaphysics by René Guénon and Ananda Coomaraswamy, this paper explores the way in which these contrasting styles serve to jointly strengthen their collective exposition.

One Ground: Apophasis and the Perennial Philosophy in Meister Eckhart and Anselm
by Brooks Barber
Contrasting the cataphatic philosophical approach of Anselm with the apophatic philosophical approach of Eckhart, this study argues that the complementary relationship the apophatic nature of Eckhart’s thought should be privileged over Anselm’s due to the insistence of the former on the soul’s ultimate union with God over a rational understanding of God.

The Metaphysics of T.S. Eliot
by Peter Milward
Reflections on the metaphysical intentions and meanings behind the writings of Eliot.

Rama P. Coomaraswamy (1929-2006): In Memoriam
by William Stoddart and Mateus Soares de Azevedo
An appreciation of the life of Rama P. Coomaraswamy.

Letter to the Editor
A response by Timothy Scott to James Larking’s article in Sacred Web 17, on ‘Sacrifice and the Preservation of the Environment in Native American Belief’.


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