Thomas Merton: Twentieth-Century Wisdom for Twenty-First-Century Living

Cascade, 2011
ISBN: 9781606089705
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Overview

Thomas Merton was arguably the twentieth century’s most widely published and widely read spiritual writer. This book explores Merton’s prophetic writings and experiences as they offer guidance for spiritual seekers searching to experience God, to simplify their lives, to live more humanly, and to shape Christian community in the face of alienation, consumerism, noise, and technology. The book includes parts of three previously unpublished conference contributions by Merton on technology.

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Key Features

  • Examines the writings of Thomas Merton and how they relate to spiritual seekers
  • Emphasizes the importance of living an intentional Christian life
  • Presents a manifesto for the future of the Christian community
  • Offers a comprehensive summary of Merton’s concerns about our world

Contents

  • Stirrings of a New Monasticism
  • Introducing Thomas Merton
  • Thomas Merton on Monastic Renewal
  • Thomas Merton on Simplification of Life
  • Thomas Merton, Guide to the Right Use of Technology
  • Thomas Merton on Care of Earth
  • The Root of War Is Fear
  • Twentieth-Century Wisdom for Twenty-First-Century Communities
  • Building Communities of Love

Praise for the Print Edition

Paul Dekar presents us in this book with a manifesto for the future of the Christian community, which he sees being renewed by intentional, contemplative, essentially lay communities that know how to connect classic monastic wisdom with the challenges of our addicted-conflicted culture. He tells us with real passion that we don’t need to fight old battles, but instead need to focus on God’s future. The chapter on Merton and technology is alone worth the price of the book. Warmly recommended, especially to Christians discouraged with the institutional church.

—Donald Grayston, former president, International Thomas Merton Society

Paul Dekar’s book is a thoughtful and comprehensive summary of Merton’s concerns about our world—ranging from ecological consciousness, war, nonviolence, and technology to new monasticism and a dialogue with other faiths. It is a timely book offering real guidance. Thomas Merton’s diagnosis of the ills of our time is speaking powerfully still: ‘achievement neurosis,’ overspending, overwork, noise, violence, addiction to technology, and an individualism that has lost sight of the common good. The way forward? Creating ‘communities of love’ in which God’s presence and the depth of our humanity—which we consistently ignore—are experienced, and where the balance between the inner and the outer life can be restored.

—Miriam Michael Volpe, sister, Community of the Transfiguration

Product Details

  • Title: Thomas Merton: Twentieth-Century Wisdom for Twenty-First-Century Living
  • Author: Paul R. Dekar
  • Series: New Monastic Library: Resources for Radical Discipleship
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 260
  • Christian Group: Evangelical
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Christian Living

About Paul R. Dekar

Paul R. Dekar is Niswonger Professor of Evangelism and Missions, Memphis Theological Seminary. He is author of Creating the Beloved Community: A History of the Fellowship of Reconciliation in the United States and Holy Boldness: Practices of an Evangelistic Lifestyle. He and his wife, Nancy, are North American members of Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Australia.

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