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Over the past couple weeks I’ve been slowly working my way through Thomas Merton’s Cold War Letters. The anthology is a collection of 111 pieces of personal correspondence written between October 1962 and October 1963, the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

In the period just before he wrote the letters, Merton came under fire from the Archdiocese for his increasingly vocal opposition to nuclear war, an opposition the Catholic Church was slow to adopt. As a result, Merton circulated the collection of letters privately with a disclaimer on the first page: “Not for publication.” The letters weren’t made public until 25 years after his untimely death in 1968.  Continue Reading…

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Over the next few weeks my reading for my doctoral coursework is self-selected, rather than assigned by the program’s lead mentor, Dr. Jason Clark. He gave us space this summer to pick one or two books and take our time reading them deeply. The books could be classic literature, theology texts, works related to our own research, whatever we like. 

I hemmed and hawed for a while. At first, I settled on reading through Jim McClendon’s three volume systematic theology set. I have it and I’ve always wanted to read it. But that just seems tiring right now. Plus, I’m slated to dig into some of Paul Ricoeur’s work for my own research this summer. I think that’s heavy enough. Continue Reading…