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Sophia: The Hidden Christ of Thomas Merton 1st Edition
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One of the great myths of Merton's life concerns his interests in Buddhism and Taoism. You can still meet people who think Merton was going to renounce Christianity and become Buddhist, and that his travels to Asian countries indicates a break in his life with Christianity and his monastic community. Pramuk's book clearly illustrates that Merton had from the middle 1950's until his death firmly grounded his spiritual life in patristics and the Russian theological tradition, and that Christ, not Siddartha Gautama, was the focus of his spiritual interests.Read more ›
This is not a book one reads; this is a book for serious study accompanied with lighted candle(s) and, to be sure, a highlighter!
I did not come a stranger to Thomas Merton as my bookshelves attest. It pleases me to have been in the company of Merton scholars as I live in Emory University country where Victor Kramer (Editor of Turning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years, Vol. 4 of Merton's Journals) resides.
In naming Sophia "a gorgeous book", Wendy M. Wright (who herself writes gorgeous books!), states that "Sophia invites the reader into a compelling meditation on the doing of theology in the contemporary world...it affirms the need for a bold theological imagination."
This is a book to wake up to each morning. While it is difficult to extinguish the candle(s) and get on with caring for my roses, I carry Sophia to the gardens for ongoing reflection.
Mary Ann Fischer
An impressive number of sources for the author's man yu observations. 3. Breadth of knowledge: This is a review of much of modern systematic theology. It is fair to say that it is a book for theologians, not for the casual reader. It was for me a stepping stone to learn more about the Feminine ompoassion that is a basis for theology. .. celebrates the divine Wisdom as the feminine manifestation of God.
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A wonderful examination of Thomas Merton and his relationship with the Eastern Christian influences of Russian Sophiology. Much attention is given to his Hagia Sophia writing.Published 9 months ago by Thomas J. Phelan
Any person who is an student of Esoteric Christianity will appreciate this author's examination of the depth of Merton's thinking and feeling of the Sophia in all creation.Published 17 months ago by EducatorJ
Excellent book, highly recommend reading this book as it is a wonderful look into the writings of Thomas Merton and who he is and what he is all about.Published on August 27, 2012 by Amazon Customer