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Merton and the Axes of Dialogue

Merton and the Axes of Dialogue Thomas Forsthoefel Department of Religious Studies, Mercyhurst University As we pass Merton’s birth centennial and approach nearly a half century since his death, his disposition, assumptions, and method regarding interreligious dialogue remain seminal and worth revisiting in a contemporary world marked by an odd and sometimes disquieting mix of easy exchange and tight territoriality in the interface of the world’s religions. Here I will extrapolate Merton’s example of thinker/ practioner as a potent model for interreligious dialogue, one that we can see certainly in his life but is especially evident in the Asian Journal. As a particularly tight expression of this model, I will conclude by focusing on two key principles that Merton addresses, communication and communion, in his paper “Monastic Experience and Inter-religious Dialogue.” This paper, and particularly these two axes of dialogue, remains a formative template for interreligious dialogue nearly fifty years after his death. First, I want to thank the organizers of this panel, especially Frank Clooney, since it was his initial inspiration to convene such a program in memory of Merton’s life and contribution. I would imagine that many of us in our respective disciplines certainly value Merton’s work and example but also in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Buddhist-Christian Studies University of Hawai'I Press

Merton and the Axes of Dialogue

Buddhist-Christian Studies , Volume 37 – Oct 28, 2017

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Thomas Forsthoefel Department of Religious Studies, Mercyhurst University As we pass Merton’s birth centennial and approach nearly a half century since his death, his disposition, assumptions, and method regarding interreligious dialogue remain seminal and worth revisiting in a contemporary world marked by an odd and sometimes disquieting mix of easy exchange and tight territoriality in the interface of the world’s religions. Here I will extrapolate Merton’s example of thinker/ practioner as a potent model for interreligious dialogue, one that we can see certainly in his life but is especially evident in the Asian Journal. As a particularly tight expression of this model, I will conclude by focusing on two key principles that Merton addresses, communication and communion, in his paper “Monastic Experience and Inter-religious Dialogue.” This paper, and particularly these two axes of dialogue, remains a formative template for interreligious dialogue nearly fifty years after his death. First, I want to thank the organizers of this panel, especially Frank Clooney, since it was his initial inspiration to convene such a program in memory of Merton’s life and contribution. I would imagine that many of us in our respective disciplines certainly value Merton’s work and example but also in

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Published: Oct 28, 2017

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