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Thomas Merton's American prophecy

Author: Robert Inchausti
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Thomas Merton's American Prophecy, Robert Inchausti provides a succinct summary and original interpretation of Merton's contribution to American thought. More than just a critical biography, this book lifts Merton out of the isolation of his monastic sub-culture and brings him back into dialogue with contemporary secular thinkers. In the process, it reopens one of the roads not taken at that fateful, cultural
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Thomas Merton; Thomas Merton; Thomas Merton
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Inchausti
ISBN: 0791436357 9780791436356 0791436365 9780791436363
OCLC Number: 36923048
Description: x, 210 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Robert Inchausti.

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In Thomas Merton's American Prophecy, Robert Inchausti provides a succinct summary and original interpretation of Merton's contribution to American thought. More than just a critical biography, this book lifts Merton out of the isolation of his monastic sub-culture and brings him back into dialogue with contemporary secular thinkers. In the process, it reopens one of the roads not taken at that fateful, cultural crossroads called "The Sixties."

Inchausti presents Merton not as the spokesman for any particular group, cause, or idea, but rather as the quintessential American outsider who defined himself in opposition to the world, then discovered a way back into dialogue with that world and compassion for it. As a result, Merton was the harbinger of a still yet to be realized eschatological counter-culture: the unacknowledged precursor, alternative, and heir to Norman O. Brown's defense of mystery in the life of the mind.

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