What we have to be is What We are: Rediscovering the Ontology of Unity

Torevell, David (2012) What we have to be is What We are: Rediscovering the Ontology of Unity. The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton: Asian Perspectives in the Arts and Humanities, 2 (1). p. 39. ISSN 2094-9219

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Abstract

I argue in this article that due to its unique composition and structure,The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton offers readers an opportunity to take part in the monastic tradition of lectio divina. Such meditative reading of the text, besides giving a glimpse into Merton’s insights about interfaith living and how monastic identity encourages such a pursuit,also offers the reader an opportunity to reflect on the ontology of unityat the heart of his contemplative theology. I thus wish to suggest that the “ground of openness” that Merton names and exhorts in his workis not simply confined to monastics. My claim is that anyone who has the confidence to read his journal as lectio divina might also come to experience a leaning towards such unity and openness.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Theology, Philosophy and Religion
Depositing User: Susan Murray
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2013 13:23
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2013 13:23
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/157

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