Engaging Thomas Merton: Spirituality, Justice, and Racism
By: Daniel Horan
“Dan Horan carefully curates Merton’s ideas on various issues of contemporary Christian life, including personal identity in a digital age, racial justice, and other aspects of contemporary Christian life that reflect the search for meaning and wholeness. . . . A rich and excellent resource.”—Ilia Delio, OSF, Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Theology, Villanova University
“Daniel Horan offers a kaleidoscope of those Mertonian themes and issues that continue to plague and enlighten us, made all the more relevant in the contemporary idiom of his own fresh style and insight.”—Kathleen Noone Deignan, CND, PhD, founding director, Deignan Institute for Earth and Spirit, Iona University
“Engage Merton! This is what Daniel Horan is inviting readers to do. Demonstrating the cross-generational appeal, timeliness, relevance, and profound challenge of Merton’s writings, Horan illuminates intersections of contemplation and prophecy, spirituality and social justice, in essays that are as informative and illuminating as they are readable. Here is a Merton course in a book!”—Christine M. Bochen, past president, International Thomas Merton Society
“Horan captures Merton’s voice of conscience screaming at us to confront the challenges of our time: racial justice in the age of Black Lives Matter, religious tolerance in the midst of religious pluralism, ecological conversion in relation to the poor and the rest of creation. It is a must-read for all people of good will.”—Joseph Cheah, author, Anti-Asian Racism
Engaging Thomas Merton is based on contemporary engagements with the work and legacy of Thomas Merton that highlight the enduring relevance of his thought in addressing the pressing concerns of our time.
Daniel P. Horan, OFM, is professor of philosophy, religious studies, and theology and director of the Center for the Study of Spirituality at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN. He is also affiliated professor of spirituality at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX. A columnist for National Catholic Reporter, he is author of fourteen books including Catholicity and Emerging Personhood: A Contemporary Theological Anthropology.
Photograph of Thomas Merton by Sibylle Akers. Used with permission of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University.
Cover design: Regina Gelfer