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Thomas Merton Spiritual Master: the Essential Writings

ISBN-10: 0809133148
ISBN-13: 9780809133147
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Publisher: Paulist Press
Publication date: 1/1/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 9.00" wide x 6.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

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. The author of over 50 articles in peer reviewed or solicited journals and books, he has also written over two hundred articles for pastoral and popular outlets. He has won three Catholic Press Association awards for religious writing (1987, 1999, and 2000). He has also served as columnist for "Commonweal" for over ten years. A frequent visiting professor both here and abroad, Cunningham is currently at work on a new book on the theological meaning of saints. He is also finishing a study of Saint Francis of Assisi and is compiling an anthology of Cardinal Newman's spiritual writings.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is one of the foremost spiritual thinkers of the twentieth century. Though he lived a mostly solitary existence as a Trappist monk, he had a dynamic impact on world affairs through his writing. An outspoken proponent of the antiwar and civil rights movements, he was both hailed as a prophet and castigated for his social criticism. He was also unique among religious leaders in his embrace of Eastern mysticism, positing it as complementary to the Western sacred tradition. Merton is the author of over forty books of poetry, essays, and religious writing, including Mystics and Zen Masters, and The Seven Story Mountain, for which he is best known. His work continues to be widely read to this day.

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Chronology of Merton's Life
Autobiographical Writings
From The Seven Storey Mountain
"Fire Watch, July 4, 1952" from The Sign of Jonas
From Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander
From A Vow of Conversation: Journals 1964-1965
Day of a Stranger
From The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton
Spiritual Writings
From Thoughts in Solitude
"The General Dance" from New Seeds of Contemplation
"Hagia Sophia"
From The Wisdom of the Desert
"Herakleitos: A Study" from The Behavior of Titans
"The Inner Experience"
"Learning to Live" from Love and Living
"Contemplation in a World of Action" and "Is the World a Problem" from Contemplation in a World of Action
"Rain and the Rhinoceros" from Raids on the Unspeakable
"A Christian Looks at Zen" from Zen and the Birds of Appetite
"A Letter on the Contemplative Life"
A Select Bibliography

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