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The Monastic Vision (Thomas Merton) (Library Of Religious Biography Series)

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Taking up where THE SEVEN STOREY MOUNTAIN ended, this biography explores the intellectual and spiritual development of the world's most famous Trappist monk. Though the outlines of Thomas Merton's life are generally known to his many readers, the details of...


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Taking up where THE SEVEN STOREY MOUNTAIN ended, this biography explores the intellectual and spiritual development of the world's most famous Trappist monk. Though the outlines of Thomas Merton's life are generally known to his many readers, the details of his spiritual development are less familiar. This penetrating biography by Lawrence Cunningham explores Merton's monastic life and subsequent growth into a modern-day "spiritual master". "If one does not understand Merton as munk," writes Cunningham, "one does not understand Merton at all." The book follows the trajectory of Merton's life, starting from his entrance into Kentucky's Abbey of Gethsemani in 1941. Cunningham highlights the development of Merton's monastic life against the cultural background of the American experience and the vast upheavals in the Roman Catholic Church. Cunningham's unique approach clearly reveals the paradox of Merton's life. Here was a person deeply involved in the cultural struggles of his day despite having made a conscious decision to draw away from the world in silence and solitude. With both pen and voice, Merton continued to face the most se! ething issues of the century, including the antiwar and civil-rights movements. Equally intriguing was Merton's dialogue with Zen Buddhism, a figurative and literal journey that led to his death in Bangkok in 1968. Merton emerges from this balanced and reliable account as an extraordinary Christian pioneer whose faith in the power of the contemplative life remains highly relevant today.
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Taking up where Merton's own Seven Storey Mountain ends, this penetrating biography by Lawrence Cunningham explores Merton's monastic life and his subsequent growth into a modern-day spiritual master. Though the basic story of Thomas Merton's life may be well known, the details of his spiritual development are less familiar. Cunningham shows that Merton's prolific writings and his continuing influence can only be understood against the background of his contemplative experience as a Trappist monk. "If one does not understand Merton as a monk," writes Cunningham, "one does not understand Merton at all." Merton emerges from this balanced and reliable account as an extraordinary Christian seeker and pioneer whose faith in the power of the contemplative life remains highly relevant today.
-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 138334
  • Product Code 0802802222
  • EAN 9780802802224
  • Pages 240
  • Department General Books
  • Category Biography
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Eerdmans
  • Publication Date Mar 2004
  • Dimensions 226 x 149 x 15mm
  • Weight 0.364kg

Lawrence S Cunningham

Lawrence S. Cunningham, John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology, is an award-winning teacher at Notre Dame. He was awarded the Fenlon Award from Sorin College (1989) and a Kaneb award in 1999. His interests are in the area of systematic theology and culture, Christian spirituality, and the history of Christian spirituality. His most recent book is "Thomas Merton and the Monastic Vision" (1999). He has edited or written 16 other books. He is also co-editor of the academic monograph series "Studies in Theology and Spirituality" and serves as an associate editor for a number of scholarly journals.

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