Returning to Reality
Thomas Merton’s Wisdom for a Technological World
Imprint: Cascade Books
"Thompson has provided the kind of public model of Merton scholarship we need: the application of wisdom in a critique of the contemporary. What better place to start than with the insinuation of technology in every dimension of human life. . . . Thompson has helped make Merton's contemplative perspective more available for us to see with, and to see as deeply."
--Gray Matthews, University of Memphis
"This is an important and helpful book. Thompson has gathered Thomas Merton's scattered remarks on technology into a coherent account of critique and counsel. . . . To see Merton's often casual, sometimes mordant, and insightful critique of technology switch so easily into the lyrical evocation of sacred simplicity and serenity is an inspiring experience, and we're in Thompson's debt for having given Merton's voice this backdrop and resonance."
--Albert Borgmann, University of Montana
"Thompson's long engagement with the theological significance of technology bears fruit once again with this careful analysis of the mature writings of Thomas Merton, who saw with his keen, contemplative eye the dangers of a technology that masters human dignity and freedom. This work should be of intense interest to all readers who are interested in the human condition as they engage the work of Merton, one of the great spiritual masters of our time."
--Lawrence S. Cunningham, University of Notre Dame
"Returning to Reality is an important book for our time. It urges all of us to stop and carefully consider the unforeseen consequences of our technological age while offering the contemplative wisdom of Thomas Merton as a needed antidote."
--Pauline J. Albert, St. Edward's University