A Silent Action: Engagements with Thomas Merton

A Silent Action: Engagements with Thomas Merton

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By (author) Rowan Williams

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  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 224mm x 26mm | 160g
  • Publication date: 18 April 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0281070563
  • ISBN 13: 9780281070565
  • Sales rank: 85,318

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Thomas Merton's life, especially once he had become a writer, was to a great extent one of dialogue with people who were distant, both geographically and historically. In these probing and perceptive studies, Rowan Williams looks closely at the key intellectual and spiritual relationships that emerge in Merton's writings, exploring the impact on him of thinkers as diverse as Hannah Arendt, Karl Barth, William Blake, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Olivier Clement, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Paul Evdokimov, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Vladimir Lossky, John Henry Newman, Boris Pasternak and St John of the Cross.

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Rowan Williams is the former Archbishop of Canterbury. He is now Master of Magdalen College, Cambridge. His most recent books include The Lion's World: A journey into the heart of Narnia (2012), Dostoyevsky: Language, Faith and Fiction (2011), Tokens of Trust: An Introduction to Christian Belief (2007), Grace and Necessity: Reflections on Art and Love (2006) and Silence and Honey Cakes: The Wisdom of the Desert (2004).

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"Following a brief Author's Foreword by the Archbishop of Canterbury in which he acknowledges his indebtedness to Merton over the years 'studying for my doctorate with Merton's friend, A.M. Allchin, proved a doorway into still more of his mind and spirit. A few years later "The Asian Journal" gave me my first sense that inter-religious dialogue could be (and had to be) a matter of spiritual encounter, and still more doors opened.' Rowan Williams arranged these 'engagements' into five chapters, beginning with a paradoxical tribute to Thomas Merton in 'a person that nobody knows.' He concludes this short chapter with words of wisdom: 'The great Christian is the man or woman who can make me more interested in God than in him or her. A paradoxical tribute, but the highest that can be paid.'" --Patrick Hart, "Louisville Courier-Journal "(October 15, 2011)