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The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton
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The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton

Monica Weis

Abstract

Nature was always vital in Thomas Merton's life, from the long hours he spent as a child watching his father paint landscapes in the fresh air, to his final years of solitude in the hermitage at Our Lady of Gethsemani, where he contemplated and wrote about the beauty of his surroundings. Throughout his life, Merton's study of the natural world shaped his spirituality in profound ways, and he was one of the first writers to raise concern about ecological issues that have become critical in recent years. This book suggests that Merton's interest in nature, which developed significantly during hi ... More

Keywords: Thomas Merton, Our Lady of Gethsemani, nature, environmental consciousness, solitude, ecological awareness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780813130040
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813130040.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Monica Weis, author