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Thomas Merton: An Introduction

Thomas Merton: An Introduction

by William H. Shannon, Robert Toth
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"He was something of a legendary figure among the old boys of his generation and he was clearly something of a rebel."

That description of Thomas Merton by his English headmaster influenced this captivating introductory look at the monk-writer and his works. Merton scholar William H. Shannon presents Merton's life story "to suggest that this mid-twentieth-century writer can speak meaningfully to women and men now several years into a new century, to develop…some of the themes that make their way through his writings, and to suggest a possible order for reading his books as one enters into the huge library of Mertoniana…."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780867167108
Publisher: Franciscan Media
Publication date: 10/28/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 199
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

WILLIAM H. SHANNON, professor emeritus in the religious studies department at Nazareth College, is a priest of the Diocese of Rochester, New York. He is the author of numerous books, including Thomas Merton’s Paradise Journey: Writings on Contemplation, An Introduction and Exploring the Catechism of the Catholic Church. He is the founding president of the International Thomas Merton Society.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Revised Editionxi
Foreword to the First Editionxiii
Chapter 1The Life Story5
The Pre-Monastic Years
The Monastic Years
Chapter 2Is Merton for Today, or Is He Passe?47
Chapter 3The Merton Gallery57
Themes to Look for in Merton's Writings
The Different Ways People View Thomas Merton
Interiority: Speaking Out for the Inside
Prayer: The Journey Toward Interiority-Contemplative Spirituality
God: The Hidden Ground of Love
Human Identity
Community (of Persons) vs. Collectivity (of Individuals)
Freedom as the Expression of One's Inner Truth
Chapter 4The Merton Library: What to Read First121
Merton's Classification
The Seven Storey Mountain
The Sign of Jonas
No Man Is an Island
New Seeds of Contemplation
Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander
Zen and the Birds of Appetite
The Asian Journal
What Next? Letters, Journals, Other Works
Merton's Works Cited173

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