Wisdom-Sophia in the Life and Theology of Thomas Merton

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Instructor: Dr. Christopher Pramuk


The Trappist monk Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is widely celebrated as one of the most influential spiritual writers of the 20th century. Less explored is Merton’s deepening realization of Christ as Wisdom-Sophia in the last decade of his life, a memory and experience of the feminine divine deep in the biblical-mystical tradition but largely marginalized in the West. Drawing from his journals and poetry, drawings and essays, this course explores Merton’s prayer life while illuminating his enduring witness as a poet, prophet, and mystical theologian. Above all we look to the prose poem “Hagia Sophia” as Merton’s consummate hymn of wisdom and peace. Sessions will incorporate periods of lecture, imagery, music, and lectio divina, as well as open discussion and shared exploration.

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