The view of paradise on earth perhaps challenging and did the shakers really feel they had been completely regenerated and were living the perfect risen life in and with christ one of my favorite merton statements in the book is that the peculiar grace of a shaker chair is due to the fact that it was made by someone capable of . What merton dares to say of the shakers applies to the anabaptists whose view of nature is the antidote for the modernthese things are not past finding out thomas mertons seeking paradise the spirit of the shakers 2003 has a view of the inner experience where mertons phrase images of paradise translates their art of making. The famous monk evokes the shaker spirit and its message of simplicity and peace of heart in writings and photographs brought together for the first time the shakers are largely remembered today for a legacy of extraordinary craftsmanship but what was the spirituality that infused this uniquely. Seeking paradise thomas merton and the shakers by paul m pearson pleasant hill a shaker village in kentucky introduction to religion in wood a book of shaker furniture work and the shakers a transcript of a conference given by thomas merton at the abbey of gethsemani on july 22 1964 selected correspondence. He believed this shaker truth to be so important for the spiritual life he also makes several references to william blake on the imagination and draws a connecting line to the shakers sense of creative imagination he sees this expressed through their craftsmanship and spirit
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