Lawrence S. Cunningham is a professor of theology and the former chair of the Department of Theology at Notre Dame. The author of 16 books, he is a regular columnist for Commonweal magazine and has served in various editorial capacities for numerous scholarly journals. A regular writer of both popular and scholarly essays, he has also served as an associate editor of religious encyclopedias and as a reviewer for a wide range of journals. His special interest is in the relationship of theology and culture and the history of Catholic spirituality. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate students for nearly 30 years. His latest publications are A Search for Solitude: The Journals of Thomas Merton 1952-1960; Christian Spirituality: Themes from the Tradition, co-authored with Keith Egan; and Thomas Merton and the Monastic Vision.