Christian suggestion

David Bergdahl bergdahl at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Mon Nov 8 19:14:10 UTC 1999

The anecdote about Christian business practices reminds me of an
experience I had teaching  Conrad's Heart of Darkness my first
year--1963--and we naturally explored what it meant for Marlow the
interior narrator of the tale to be compared to the Buddha.  One student
volunteered that just because he was a Buddhist that that  didn't mean
that he wasn't a Christian.  I explained that the Buddhists wouldn't
probably object to dual loyalties but that Christians certainly would. .
. but what I didn't understand was that for her Christian merely meant
"ethical person" and had little if any identification with any
institution.  In this manner the beginning teacher learns not to confuse
dictionary citations with what people mean. . .
David Bergdahl
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