Thomas Merton for Our Time

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Thomas Merton for Our Time

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Thomas Merton was one of the greatest spiritual writers and social critics of the twentieth century. His insights have inspired countless men and women, providing them with a powerful model of Christian living, dialogue, and intellectual exploration.

While many have encountered Merton through his bestselling spiritual autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain and books on contemplation, feware familiar with his powerful writings on the most vital contemporary issues. Now, this course introduces you to a new side of the Trappist monk. As you explore both famous and lesser-known writings, you will discover how Merton’s exploration of timely topics continues to speak to our contemporary Church and world.

After studying the foundations that informed Merton’s views, you will look at his thoughts on nonviolence and pacifism. You will also explore his prescient writings on racism and the Civil Rights Movement. In the final lecture, you will encounter his ideas about the role of the liturgy in the Christian life.

Through this course, you will come to view Thomas Merton as Pope Francis described him during his 2015 Apostolic Visit to the United States: “A thinker who challenged the certitudes of his time and opened new horizons for souls and for the Church. He was also a man of dialogue, a promoter of peace between peoples and religions.”

Let Thomas Merton help you discover your authentic self in our complex world.

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*Photograph of Thomas Merton by Sibylle Akers. Used with permission of the Merton Legacy Trust and the Thomas Merton Center, Bellarmine University

Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • Thomas Merton: Foundations of a Life and Work
  • From Solitude to Solidarity
  • A “Stranger” Nobody Knows
  • Speaking about the Unspeakable: Part I
  • Speaking about the Unspeakable: Part II
  • War and Violence
  • Nonviolence vs. Pacifism
  • Fear at the Heart of Violence
  • Awareness of Race and Racism
  • The American Culture of Racism
  • Civil Rights and White Privilege
  • Life, Liturgy, and the Pursuit of Justice
About Your Presenter

Fr. Daniel Horan, O.F.M., is an award-winning author and professor, a columnist for America magazine, and a visiting scholar of systematic theology and spirituality at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. A Franciscan friar, he holds a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Boston College. He has previously taught at St. Bonaventure University, Siena College, and the Boston College School of Theology. He is a frequent lecturer and retreat director across North America and Europe. Fr. Horan is the former Catholic Chaplain at Babson College and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Thomas Merton Society.

Fr. Horan is the author of books that include The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual Inspiration of His Life, Thought, and Writing (Ave Maria Press, 2014); God Is Not Fair and Other Reasons for Gratitude (Franciscan Media, 2016); Postmodernity and Univocity: A Critical Account of Radical Orthodoxy and John Duns Scotus (Fortress Press, 2014); Francis of Assisi and the Future of Faith: Exploring Franciscan Theology and Spirituality in the Modern World (Tau Publishing, 2012); Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis (Franciscan Media, 2013); and The&nbs...

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