This is an extraordinary exchange between one of the most famous monks in history and a radical theologian whose career and influence at the time of these letters was only just beginning. This spirited and provocative correspondence provides a rare glimpse into how two committed Christians struggled with the questions and uncertainties of their times.
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The monk and the newly-minted theologian were "ships that happened to pass each other on our respective journeys." Merton's journey would end in 1968, when he was accidentally electrocuted in Bangkok. Radford Ruether's has continued on for nearly five decades, making many original and significant contributions to ecofeminist theology. Merton was quick to respond to many questioners, however his engagement with a young female theologian in the heady days after Vatican II, and the challenges she posits to his faith and practice, are unique. While these letters do not represent polished theological thought on the part of either author, the "very nature of informal letter writing," as Merton wrote Ruether, "lends itself to self-revelation on a personal level....disclosing profound intutions and deeply held personal convictions."
Rosemary Reuther was way ahead of her time and ahead of Thomas Merton, too. A fascinating read.
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