Across the Rim of Chaos:
Thomas Merton’s Prophetic Vision.

Conference Papers from the Fifth General Meeting of the TMS.

Edited by Angus F. Stuart.
Published by the Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain and Ireland

How to get your copy...


The Fifth Conference of the Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain & Ireland took place in Birmingham in June 2004. In that time before the Asian tsunami, before the London bombings, before hurricanes Katrina and Rita and Stan, before news of the Niger food crisis filtered through, before the earthquake which devastated Pakistan and her neighbours, there was a different range of crises on the public horizon, not least the enduring chaos of destabilization in Iraq.

We had chosen with our conference theme to engage with the wider effects of these (perhaps virtual, always critical) realities pressing in on us continually. Not the effects experienced by the victims, the bereaved and damaged, frightened and displaced people of so many catastrophes; but rather the effects upon those of us who profess faith and seek understanding, perhaps as ‘guilty bystanders’ in Merton’s terms. Drawing upon the resources of our faith, via Merton, we sought a perspective and a language, an orientation and practical hope in such a world.

We are delighted to be make available this latest book from TMS-GB&I, a collection of papers which each begin as a response to the perceived challenges that face humanity together, and which draw deeply from the works of Merton and from the springs of contemplation.


The following papers are included in the book of conference papers:


How to get your copy...

In the United States copies can be obtained from:

Dr Paul M Pearson.
Thomas Merton Center,
Bellarmine University,
2001 Newburg Road,
Louisville. KY. 40205.

U. S. Order Form.



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