The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton

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The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton

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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 his years at the Abbey of Gethsemani, laid the foundation for his growing environmental consciousness. Tracing Merton's awareness of the natural world from his childhood to the final years of his life, the book explores his deepening sense of place and desire for solitude, his love and responsibility for all living things, and his evolving ecological awareness.

Publication Date

2011

Publisher

The University Press of Kentucky

Place of Publication

Lexington, KY

ISBN

978-0-8131-3004-0

eISBN

978-0-8131-3015-6 (pdf version)

eISBN

978-0-8131-4019-3 (epub version)

DOI

https://doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813130040.001.0001

Keywords

Thomas Merton, Our Lady of Gethsemani, Nature, Environmental consciousness, Solitude, Ecological awareness

Disciplines

Environmental Policy | United States History