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A Silent Action
Engagements with Thomas Merton
by Rowan Williams
Publisher:SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
Thomas Merton was an American Trappist monk, a prolific writer and a profoundly deep thinker. He was also a poet, a social activist and a student of comparative religion. Most of his writings were on issues of spirituality. Rowan Williams says that he has been engaging with Merton since he first discovered him as a teenager, and clearly Merton's thought has been influential in Williams's life and ministry. In this little volume Williams explores some of the key intellectual and spiritual issues that emerge in Merton's writings. Merton himself engaged in dialogue with a wide range of thinking by people who were distant to him both geographically, historically and from other faith traditions. Familiar names in this dialogue are those of Kark Barth, Deitrich Bonhoeffer and Gerard Manley Hopkins plus many others, some of whom were unfamiliar to the reviewer. I found the book hard going but rewarding. Rowan Williams is as much a deep thinker as Merton was and, as always, is worth wrestling with.
Reviewer: Graham Wise (05/01/15)