Thomas Merton is often considered the most prominent Christian contemplative of the twentieth century, but he was also a political activist, social visionary, and literary figure whose writings combine the candor of Thoreau and the moral vision of Gandhi. Here is a remarkably accessible introduction to his work: a collection of a short, vivid excerpts arranged in four parts so as to parallel the journey of a seeking soul in the modern world.
"Real and False Selves" distinguishes between our real selves, a deep religious mystery known entirely only to God, and the identities we take on in order to function in society.
"The World We Live In" provides a spiritual context to modern life, moving from a stark rejection of its empty promises to a deep compassion for its tragic limitations.
"Antidotes to Illusion" reflects on contemplative practices that can serve as the allies of our "real selves" in the battle against illusion: silence, solitude, meditation, prayer, charity, and faith.
"Love in Action" explores the role of the contemplative in the modern age and the challenges and pitfalls of living a life of active love.
Merton's startling critique of a society driven by technology and rampant acquisition, the politics of "good versus evil," and the self-deluding complacency of the spiritual "lifestyle" demonstrate beyond doubt that his writings are as urgent today as they were in his lifetime.
|Real and False Selves||p. 1|
|The World we Live in||p. 25|
|Unquiet City||p. 27|
|The Technological Imperative||p. 43|
|Events and Pseudo-Events||p. 49|
|Antidotes to Illusion||p. 57|
|Prayer, Meditation, Contemplation||p. 75|
|Love in Action||p. 127|
|Toward a Theology of Love||p. 129|
|Books and Tapes by and about Thomas Merton||p. 159|
|Sources and Abbreviations||p. 163|
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Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 8th October 2002
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.3 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1