Thomas Merton Series

The Merton Annual Volume 24 – Contemplation in an Increasingly Technological World


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“Is it possible to hear silence through noise, in the midst of noise? Yes, says Merton, in reflecting on Thoreau, if we realize: ‘The silence of the woods whispered, to the man who listened, a message of sanity and healing.’ The question of the place of contemplation in a world of technological action is the question this volume of The Merton Annual addresses. How do we contemplate mystery in an age of information? How do we hear infinitely higher planes above cloud computing? How large must our monitors be to take in the sky? How can we Google paradise? What is the difference between a human face and its image? How do we practice detachment in a wireless environment? How do we see when we are deceived? Each author tries to attend to the relational tensions between technology and contemplation as they probe the promises of contemplation in an increasingly technological world.” Read the full introduction by Gray Matthews here.

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includes as regular features, reviews, review-essays, a bibliographic survey, interviews, and first appearances of unpublished or obscurely published Merton materials, photographs and art.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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  • 2011
  • 9781891785931
  • 355

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The Merton Annual Volume 24 – Contemplation in an Increasingly Technological World


A note on the cover illustration: Since his years as a writer and cartoonist for Columbia University's humor magazine, Merton had a liking for satire. It never left him. Here he is laughing--and weeping--over what may be a sketchy soldier running, firing a weapon, looking back with a mad grimace. To his friend Lax he wrote, "We should drown the bombs in the depths of the abyss."
Roger Lipsey, author of Angelic Mistakes: The Art of Thomas Merton