No Abiding Place: Thomas Merton and the Search for God

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Thomas Merton played a critical role in facilitating and embodying a revolutionary paradigm shift in Catholic life and thought. His public grappling with the issues raised by this shift in the life of the Catholic Church provided a vocabulary with which a generation of seekers has attempted to frame an on-going discussion regarding the future of the Catholic Church. Consequently Merton's life and thought continue to be guideposts for spiritual pilgrims confronting issues of authority in the church, a changing moral landscape and the contemporary crisis in the Catholic Church. Part One of the book describes this profound paradigm shift and locates Merton's developing thought within that landscape. It places Merton's thought within the larger framework of the Catholic imagination as described by David Tracy, Andrew Greeley, and Thomas Groome. The landmark research of Robert Wuthnow of Princeton University concerning the nature of contemporary spiritual-seeking, provides a framework that helps to identify Merton's continuing relevance for the study of spirituality. Parts Two and Three discuss Merton's lasting importance for contemporary spirituality.

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Editorial Reviews

Eileen M. Fagan
This work on Thomas Merton is a valuable contribution to the corpus of scholarship that is present in the field of theology. It is a source that is highly recommended for both undergraduate and graduate students in the filed of contemporary spirituality, Eastern spirituality, nonviolence and peace, and modern Catholic thought. In fact, it should b on the shelf of every school of theology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761831341
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Pages: 134
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Fred Herron is a member of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at St. John's University, chairperson of the Department of Religious Studies at Fontbonne Hall Academy, Brooklyn, New York and Director of Adult Faith Formation at St. Clare's parish in Great Kills. He is author of Wood, Waterfalls and Stars (University Press of America, 2001) and Immortal Longings: Meeting Jesus Along the Way (University Press of America, 2000).

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface: Paths Marked Out By Love Chapter 2 Introduction: Ad Sum Chapter 3 Part One: Merton and a New Paradigm: No Abiding Place: Thomas Merton and a New Paradigm; Thomas Merton and the Retrieval of the Catholic Imagination; Thomas Merton and a Spirituality for Millennials Chapter 4 Part Two: Merton and Young People: To Be Who Your Really Are: Thomas Merton's Appeal to Today's Students; The Present Festival: Thomas Merton and the Adolescent Search for God; Love Is my Name: On-Going Integration and Adolescent Spiritual Growth Chapter 5 Part Three: Merton and the Search for God: The Core of Self-Discovery: Fundamental Option and the Search for the True Self; Light Travels on a Two-Way Street: Thomas Merton and a Catholic Schools in the Present Crisis Chapter 6 Scripture Index Chapter 7 Index Chapter 8 About the Author

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