Opening New Horizons

Seeds of a Theology of Religious Pluralism in Thomas Merton's Dialogue with D. T. Suzuki

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Joseph Quinn Raab
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Wipf & Stock
    , January
     184 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
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Review by Alda Balthrop-Lewis forthcoming.


On the surface Christianity and Zen Buddhism can appear to be worlds apart, even antithetical. Christianity affirms the reality of the Tri-personal God and the eternal salvation of mortal human beings; Zen denies both the existence of God and the soul. Yet Thomas Merton, the Catholic spiritual master, and D. T. Suzuki, the famous teacher of Zen, engaged in an extensive dialogue and found ways of mutually affirming shared meanings of God and person that each regarded to be true. This book explores that dialogue within the larger context of Merton's attraction to Buddhism and considers the implications of their achievement for contemporary theologies of religious pluralism.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Joseph Quinn Raab is professor of religious studies and theology at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. Since 2012 he has served as coeditor of the Merton Annual: Studies in Culture, Spirituality, and Social Concerns.


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