Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton, Interfaith Friendly Contemplative

My most recent column for Patheos is based on a talk I gave at Columbia Theological Seminary on April 15, 2012, as part of the Contemplative Interfaith Conference co-sponsored by CTS and the Interfaith Community Initiatives. My talk focused on the contemplative dimension of Christianity, but as part of the talk I discussed the role of interfaith dialogue in supporting the rebirth of Christian contemplation in the modern and postmodern era.

Thomas Merton, Tilden Edwards, Bede Griffiths, Thomas Keating — these are some of the important Christian contemplatives whose spirituality and ministry has been, at least in part, shaped by their interfaith exploration.

To read the column, follow this link: Inter-Religious Spirituality and the Contemplative Renaissance