From the Stone Age to Thomas Merton
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From the Stone Age to Thomas Merton

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This is a book about prayer, about Christian prayer, about Christian contemplative or meditative prayer as a way of simply being in the loving presence of God. It begins with prayer as that natural sense of the divine, what has been known for centuries as the sensus divinitatis, that consciousness of the mystery of God that is in each of us from the time of our birth. There are many ways of praying, and they all tend toward contemplation or "mysticism." That is, toward heightening our conscious connection to God, our awareness of the love of God, our wakefulness to the presence of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in us, through us, and around us. By tracing the origins of contemplative prayer, its practice through the Old and New Testament Scriptures, then across the centuries of the Christian era to the contemporary world, it is hoped that the reader will develop a keener appreciation for the depth, beauty, and richness of the Christian spiritual tradition.

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From the Stone Age to Thomas Merton
From theStone Age toThomas Merton
A Sor Hisory of Conemplaive Prayer
L A R RY HA RT Fore word by James Far r is
FROM TE STONE AgE TO TOMAS MERTON A Sô ŝô ô Côéàé Pàé
Cô © 2018 à à. A ŝ éŝéé. EXçé ô é qûôà-ôŝ  ççà ûçàôŝ ô ééŝ, ô à ô ŝ ôô à é éô-ûçé  à àé ôû ô é éŝŝô ô é ûŝé. Wé: Péŝŝôŝ, W à Sôç Pûŝéŝ, 199 W. 8 Aé., Sûé 3, Eûéé, OR 97401.
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EXçé ô “Eàŝ Côé” ô COECTED POEMS (1909–1962)  T.S. Eô. Cô 1936  ôôûô ML àçôû Pûŝ Côà. A ŝ éŝéé.
Né Aéçà Sàà Bé, çô 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995  hé ôçà Fôûàô. Né Réŝé Sàà Véŝô  é Aôçà çô 1991, 1994  OXô Uéŝ Péŝŝ. hé ô Bé: Côéôà Eŝ Véŝô, çô 1995  Aé-çà Bé Sôçé.
hé ô Bé: Né ïéàôà Véŝô, çô 1978  Né Yô ïéàôà Bé Sôçé. hé Méŝŝàé, çô 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002  NàPéŝŝ Pûŝ gôû. hé Né Eŝ Véŝô, çô 1961  OXô Uéŝ Péŝŝ à Càé Uéŝ Péŝŝ.
Réŝé Eŝ Bé  é Aôçà, çô 1989  OXô Uéŝ Péŝŝ à Càé Uéŝ Péŝŝ.
ï éçàé ŝ ôô, ç ï é àŝ  àŝ, ô  à ô ô—éàé à éXéé: M ôé à àé: Jéé à éà J. à. M ŝŝ: Bààà (Bôé), Yôé (Nôé), à Tô (Sô). M éçéŝ à ééŝ: Pàçà (Tŝ) à Bô (Bô), Jé Dàé à Tàà, à Màûé à Kà. hé ô ô çé Béà à ï àé: à (Dôé) à Càô. M ààéŝ: Tô à à Dôŝ à Wà à Màû à, à à é àûŝ à ûçéŝ  ç é àé ô ôé  çôô.
If you wis. If you wis, you can be rained. You can become knowl-edgeable if you give your mind o i. If you enjoy lisening you will learn. And you can become wise if you are aenive. Trained, knowl-edgeable, and wise if you wis i, if you give your mind o i, if you are aenive. E  6:32–33
Contents
Açkôééŝ | X AbbéàôŝX | Fôéô b Jàéŝ FàŝX | ïôûçô | X ONE he Invention of Contemplative Prayer: he Stone Age | 1
TWO Contemplative Prayer and tHe Old Testament14 |
TREE Contemplative Prayer and tHe New Testament26 |
FOUR Contemplative Prayer and Monasticism43 |
FïVE Contemplative Prayer and Contemporary CHristianity60 |
Sïx Some Final Observations72 |
SEVEN It’s Easier han You hink | 89 Eôûé
Bbôà101 |
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Acknowledgments
THank you to tHe ûŝûà ŝûŝéçŝ: Béà,  é, ôû àûé Càô, à ôû éà éŝ Rû A éé à Aŝô Déô. hé àé ààŝ ŝô ééôûŝ  é é. A ï ô’ ô à ï ôû ô ôû Càô’ŝ éççà ŝûô. hàŝ ô é Ré. Eŝé Dàé S, PD, ô éà à çôé ô é àûŝç. ï à àŝô àéû ô Jàç, ô ééŝ é qûé çôà àŝ ï é—à ô é lôô éŝé é ô àç à à ô  é ô é é ô ’ŝ é ô é ôô àéŝ, ô àé à à, à àé àé à é ûç.
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CEV Côéôà Eŝ Véŝô MSg hé Méŝŝàé NASB Né Aéçà Sàà Bé NEV Né Eŝ Véŝô NïV Né ïéàôà Véŝô NRSV Né Réŝé Sàà Véŝô REB Réŝé Eŝ Véŝô