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Thomas Verner Moore: Psychiatrist, Educator and Monk Paperback – November 1, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0809139873 ISBN-10: 0809139871 Edition: F First Paperback Edition Used

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Pr; F First Paperback Edition Used edition (November 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809139871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809139873
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,594,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A helpful history through one person's life of how religion interacts with culture. -- New Theology Review

A useful overview of intellectual American Catholicism in the first half of the twentieth century. -- The American Benedictine Review

Neenan's biography of Moore presents a founding vision of religious life. -- Social Thought

About the Author

Benedict Neenan, OSB, is a Benedictine monk of Conception Abbey in Conception, MO. He received his doctorate in church history at the Catholic University of America and currently serves as president/rector of Conception Seminary College.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Desert Father on December 17, 2011
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Father Benedict has hit a home run with this captivating biography of Dom Thomas Verner Moore, Priest, Monk, Medical Doctor, Military Officer, and Psychologist.

Moore was born in a border state within memory of the Civil War. He lived to see the parade of human history for nearly a century.

In World War I, Moore served as both a Catholic Chaplain and a Medical Officer on the front lines near Verdun, France. He was a boiler-plate figure in the identification of "shell shock" which came to be known as "post traumatic stress syndrome." His experience of war precipitated his decision to leave the Paulist Fathers to enter the cloister of a Benedictine Abbey.

His dream: To be a Monastic Scientist...to follow a path deeply rooted in contemplative prayer and research science...to encounter the Divine in his research...and to research the human encounter of the Divine.

At a time when Freudian psychoanalysis was waging a wholesale rejection of Religion, and Mainline Christianity was making a wholesale condemnation of Freudianism, Moore married the two. Using Freudian technique (much to the consternation of certain Catholic leaders), Moore posited that the therapist/analyst is impotent in healing the patient. Rather, he claimed, only the Divine can heal. Moore argued that Freudian technique can aptly be used to bring the patient to an encounter with the Divine. This seemingly romantic position put Moore at odds with both Freudians and Catholic hierarchs.

Moore's extended and prolific career at the Catholic University of America came to an explosive halt, when he turned 70. Rather than putting himself out to pasture, Moore followed a path leading to the Cartuja de Miraflores, the Carthusian Monastery built and endowed by Queen Isabela of Castille.
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