The Merton Annual Volume 19 – The Tradition of Prayer and Social Awareness
The ten carefully expanded essays … open up many possibilities for renewed thinking about Merton. Being grounded in a “Spirit of Simplicity,” as the essay by Dekar reminds us, led Merton rather naturally to he engagement of his Cold War Letters. Developing the habit of raising questions while still an undergraduate, this continuing mode of inquiry by Merton is affirmed in the two essays by Harford and Herron. Confronting how one is to be engaged in the contemporary world, yet remaining grounded in tradition, the essays by Hunter and Miller demonstate that Merton’s engagement always remained rooted in Truth. The good of society remains at the base of Merton’s impulses, whether he is writing about peace and war or about non-violence. … War, Hatred, Ecological Awareness, as examined in these essays, are subjects grounded in a continual seeking of God.” — From the Introduction by Victor A. Kramer.
The Merton Annual publishes articles about Thomas Merton and about related matters of major concern to his life and work. Its purpose is to enhance Merton’s reputation as a writer and monk, to continue to develop his message for our times, and to provide a regular outlet for substantial Merton-related scholarship. The Merton Annual includes as regular features, reviews, review-essays, a bibliographic survey, interviews, and first appearances of unpublished or obscurely published Merton materials, photographs and art. Essays about related literary and spiritual matters are also considered.
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