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Monthly Archives: September 2016


opening chapters in my book Religion in the New Russia (NY: Crossroads, 1989) by Jim Forest While he let it be known that he had been baptized as a child, during his first three years as General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev seemed to ignore the churches. He had been preoccupied with strengthening his leadership position within […]

Thomas Merton’s Affinity with Albert Camus

A paper presented at the Thomas Merton conference in Prades, France in May 2006. by Jim Forest Where would we be without our friends? Friends who glimpse our true face? Friends who help us see doors we hadn’t noticed? Friends who accidentally reveal possibilities in ourselves that, left to ourselves, we might never have found? […]