Wednesday, March 14, 2012
What to read for today.
Questions for your personal reflection.
Return to your thoughts about “faith” in Chapter 15. Did this chapter impact or alter those thoughts in any way?
Sharing with others: What caught your attention or provoked your thinking today?
I had to read this chapter several times before I understood what Merton might be saying, and even then I needed help from an outside source that explained Merton as a “traditionalist”. I think he’s saying that conventional religious propositions like the Trinity or spiritual texts that are supposed to contain divine revelations are really just gateways or means to an end. Their end is actually an opening, i.e. a contemplative experience, as opposed to the acceptance of a literal truth. If I got this right, then this line of thinking is entirely compatible with Merton’s thoughts about mature Christianity.
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