Baptist scholar leads celebration of his friend Thomas Merton

“Little by little, I gained more confidence that I understood what Thomas Merton was trying to do,” Hinson said. “I think he was trying to make us understand how to be contemplatives in a world full of activity.”

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May 18, 2015

By Carrie McGuffin

ATLANTA, Ga.  — About 60 Cooperative Baptists gathered May 14 at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta to hear respected Baptist scholar E. Glenn Hinson and celebrate the contributions of contemplative theologian Thomas Merton.

To mark the centenary of Merton’s birth, the Pitts Theology Library at Emory hosted an exhibit in honor of the theologian’s life and legacy titled “The Journeys of Thomas Merton,” curated by Emory librarian Denise Hanusek and featuring many first editions of Merton’s books, pamphlets and photography.
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Hinson, emeritus professor of spirituality and John Loftis professor of church history at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, shared with attendees about his friendship with the American Catholic writer and mystic. As a Trappist monk at the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, a monastery in Kentucky, Merton wrote extensively on contemplation, comparative religion and social activism focusing on the need…

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