Searching for Sophia

Joshua Hollmann will present a paper called, Searching for Sophia: The Dialogical Path to Religious Peace in the Life and Thought of Nicholas of Cusa and Thomas Merton.

He writes, “This paper explores how the fifteenth century philosopher Nicholas of Cusa influenced the interfaith dialogical endeavors of Thomas Merton. Nicholas of Cusa’s dialogical and mystical quest for interreligious peace as centered and oriented in Sophia parallels and further illuminates Merton’s practice of interreligious dialogue, especially with the three Abrahamic faiths. The paper also compares the theological and philosophical vocations of Merton and Cusanus as both actively sought religious understanding and peace.”

Hollmann is a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Religious Studies of McGill University, Montreal, Canada. The title of his forthcoming dissertation is: ‘The Word of Concordance: Nicholas of Cusa’s De pace fidei and the Metaphysics of Christian-Muslim Dialogue.’

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Bob Grip was the Program Chair of the International Thomas Merton Society General Meeting at Sacred Heart University in 2013.
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