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The good: Thomas Merton was a warm, engaging, thoughtful guy, very down-to-earth for essentially a scholar and philosopher, and it comes right through here. One feels one is right there in the classroom with him. The atmosphere of warm fellowship is palpable.
But it serves to note these particulars, maybe not enjoyable to everyone. The presentation is classic classroom-lecture style. Chalk writing on a chalkboard can be heard. The reference to the contemplative way is to a tradition that goes back through the Roman church, through desert fathers to Augustine and so on. The listeners are apparently (forgive my unofficial terms) initiates to be monks. Some other religionists may find the monkishness (my word) here off-putting or objectionable. References to scripture are of course in the Roman canon (though mostly, probably all, shared with any other Christian denomination's Bible-readers). The themes are, however, universal given this more limited context and the aims implied, and for me, as a person with this sort of temperament, though not these religious trappings or sectarian-specific beliefs, welcome. This is a particularly approachable serving of its subject. Let those with the particular sort of ears to hear it, hear it.