- Paperback: 134 pages
- Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub (November 14, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1620322528
- ISBN-13: 978-1620322529
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,485,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Returning to Reality: Thomas Mertons Wisdom for a Technological World Paperback – November 14, 2012
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Merton believed that in order to live fully we need a wisdom that goes beyond scientific knowledge and that embraces "the entire scope of man's life and all its meaning." Thompson limits himself to three fronts on which technological progress threatens to destroy our lives: nuclear apocalypse, information technology that consumes the consumer and the choices we may confront with the advent of transhumanism or radical changes in human biology.
Technocrats ask only "Will it work?" not "Is it right?" Merton advised we engage in serious reading and articulate discussion. Are we doing that? Thompson reminds us that in today's world less than 6 percent of adult Americans read more than one book a year. This book is a good wake-up call.
I am not very familiar with Merton, so I appreciate the background offered on Merton's life and works. I feel like I'm learning both about Merton's views on technology and about Merton himself. While the title refers to Merton's wisdom for a technological world, I think it is worth pointing out that it seems from the text, that Merton always sought true wisdom and objective truth. And, Dr. Thompson seems to be on such a quest. Therefore, you can rest assured that your journey through this book will allow you to join forces with Merton and Thompson on the quest for the pearl of great price. The topic may be technology, but don't be surprised if you find your mind elevated to pondering the essence of wisdom, truth, beauty, and goodness.
The paperback feels good to hold and is not overwhelming in size. You get the feeling that you can and will finish the book.