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Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander Revisited

Thomas Merton first published "Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander" in 1968.

Author: Paul G. Carr

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 1793113033

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

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Thomas Merton first published "Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander" in 1968. Later that year on December 10, 1968, Thomas Merton died in a tragic accidental electrocution.His words live on 50 years later, and along with his other writings over the years have provided his readers with much thought provoking commentary on spiritual matters and religious concerns.In the original Preface to his book Merton sets the reader's expectation, pointing out that his writing is not meant to be a Spiritual Journal or a teaching guide. It is merely a composition of his observations over the years on matters of contemporary concerns. Merton was highly regarded by Scholars of his day and his untimely death left a terrible void in a world struggling to deal with issues that were not of concern to prior generations. War and technology, and their impact on the human condition were among his greatest concerns. We struggle with these issues yet today. In fact both war and technology complicate each other today and present us with even greater challenges than in Merton's time.Merton accomplished much to advance the discussion of moral and decent solutions to real human problems. And he did so against the backdrop of pressure from his Superiors in the Religious Community. Merton was a Trappist Monk and had taken a vow of silence when he professed his vows. Those of us who have not taken such a vow are free to speak. Indeed we have an obligation to do so, for without any effort on the part of the good and decent people of our society, each generation risks the loss of its moral compass, and the world population sinks into chaos and anarchy.What is written here, and what the reader will hopefully take away, is simply a demonstration of how to align the wisdom of the ages, presented to us in the form of many authoritative sources, with the challenges of the world today. Nothing more, nothing less, it is just a guide: hopefully a guide that draws on wisdom of the past and presents future generations with a moral guide to problem solving in times to come.

Thomas Merton s American Prophecy

... Faith and Violence : Christian Teaching and Christian Practice ( Notre Dame , Ind .: University of Notre Dame Press , 1968 ) , p . 116 . 7. Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander , pp . v — vi . 1. Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander , p .

Author: Robert Inchausti

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791436365

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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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.

Signs of Hope

Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, 65. 31. Charlie Warzel, “We Are Watching History Unfold in Real Time,” New York Times, June 2, 32. Merton, Conjectures of a ...

Author: Oyer, Gordon

Publisher: Orbis Books

ISBN: 9781608338931

Category: Biography & Autobiography


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Thomas Merton

50. Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, p. 36. 32 Thomas Merton, Faith and Violence (South Bend, Ind., 1968), p. 256. 33 Thomas Merton, “Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander,” Life 61 (August 5, 1966):62. Thomas Merton, “Rain and ...

Author: James Thomas Baker

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813189154

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Thomas Merton: Social Critic organizes and critically analyzes the social thought of the Cistercian monk who has become an internationally known symbol of the spiritual element in man. The author evaluated all of Merton's writings, published and unpublished, then discussed his interpretations with Merton personally. The result is a perceptive relation of Merton's social thought to its genesis in his own life experiences and contemplation, a faithful rendering of Merton's thought on the problems of our time. Merton, the author makes clear, called for a spiritual, social, and religious union. It was a poetic and sometimes unimplemented solution to alienation and division, a valid and authentic, if at times limited, response to the contemporary chaos. This study will be greeted by a strong reaction from Mertonians everywhere.

Thomas Merton s Paradise Journey

"Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, p. 156. "Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, p. 158. "Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, p. 158. "Asian Journal, p. 308. "Contemplation in a World of Action, p. 161. "Hidden Ground of Love, p. 582.

Author: Thomas Merton

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441133021

Category: Religion

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A book which traces the development of the thoughts and writings of the 20th-century Cistercian monk, Thomas Merton, on the subject of contemplation.

Thomas Merton and the Inclusive Imagination

was the immense seriousness of the place—as if at last I had found what America takes seriously.30 In the 1960s in Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, Merton focused his thoughts about the dominance of technological culture in the United ...

Author: Ross Labrie

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826262790

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a Roman Catholic priest, a Trappist monk, a social activist, and a poet. Author of the celebrated autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain, Merton has been described as the most important American religious writer of the past hundred years. One of the notable characteristics of Merton's writing, both in poetry and in prose, was his seamless intermingling of religious and Romantic elements, an intermingling that, because of his gifts as a writer and because of his enormous influence, has had the effect of making widespread a distinctive form of religious thought and expression. In Thomas Merton and the Inclusive Imagination, Ross Labrie reveals the breadth of Merton's intellectual reach by taking an original and systematic look at Merton's thought, which is generally regarded as eclectic and unsystematic.

Christian Conversion

Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, p. 280. 90. Ibid., p. 19. 91. Ibid., pp. 47, 53, 156. For a critical comparison of the “Fourth and Walnut” context in Conjectures with that of the original journal, see Mott, Seven Mountains, ...

Author: Walter E. Conn

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781597526371

Category: Religion

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Walter Conn has provided us with something we have needed for a long time -- a scholarly study of Christian conversion that draws synthetically from present day psychology, philosophy, and theology and uses these insights to analyze actual Christian religious experience. And in doing that, Conn has produced what is probably the best treatment to date of foundational moral theology. To follow Conn through the pages of this volume is to become acquainted with most of today's important reflection on human moral and personal development. But one emerges with much more than relevant information about what is being said; Conn's own view of conversion goes beyond the thinkers from whom he draws and provides a basic challenge to and enrichment of our understanding of faith and morality. -- Bernard Cooke, Holy Cross College Walter E. Conn is Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University. He is also the editor of Horizons, journal of the College Theology Society.

The Solitary Explorer

CHAPTER ' A Guilty Bystander "True solitude," Merton noted in his journal, "is deeply aware of the world's needs. It does not hold the world at arm's length.”1 The solitary who was writing Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander certainly did ...

Author: Elena Malits

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781498204644

Category: Religion

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The Solitary Explorer responsibly and critically explores Thomas Merton's lifelong spiritual development as reflected in his religious and secular writings and delineates the meaning of his life and work for contemporary readers. It provides an interpretive chronology of Merton's writings and unravels the intertwining threads of self-realization and widening intellectual interests evidenced in the material he produced between his early autobiography and the controversial work of his later years. Elena Malits shows Merton as writer, as monk, as social critic, as seeker of wisdom in the East, as man of prayer, and as one continually on a journey into the unknown. Merton always held that the quest for God is a continuing one: The Solitary Explorer traces the progress of this quest in Merton's life and literary works to reveal a multifaceted spiritual guide who offers an approach to the divine at once reassuringly traditional and refreshingly contemporary.