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Theses and Dissertations (page two)

Works followed by an asterisk * are held in the collections of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University and may be consulted there. For further information see the Merton Center web pages.

The Center is always keen to acquire dissertations about Thomas Merton that they do not currently hold, if you are able to assist in supplying such items please contact Paul M Pearson at the Merton Center.

Theses and Dissertations With reference to Thomas Merton

Author Title Degree Institution  Years   Full   Text   Held 
Anderson, Brian P Solitude and Silence: A Pathway to the Divine. master's Maryhurst University, Maryhurst, Oregon 2015 *
Anderson, S. Michael Therapy as Self-Emptying: Doing Pastoral Psychotherapy from an Apophatic Perspective. doctoral Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 1984
Auer, Benedict Deus Absconditus as Muse: An Approach to the Writing of Poetry as a Form of Contemplative Prayer for Those Who Live With the Hidden God. doctoral San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, California 1992 *
Bertsch, Jeffrey Curtis Religious Autobiography as Social Reflection. doctoral Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 1983 *
Black, Noel Andersen Understanding Difference Through Paradox: Exploring the Relationship of Language to Religious Truth in the Writings of William James, William Blake, Alan Watts, Thomas Merton, and Jacques Derrida. bachelor's Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois 1994 *
Boswell, Marc Jonathan God in Whiteface: White Supremacy, Salvific Myths, and Ironic Redemption. doctoral Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL. 2015 link *
Bourlakas, Mark Allen Holding the Place of Christ: Leadership in the Divine Household. doctoral University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee 2012 *
Brownsberger, John A. Christian Meditation: Its Value and Relationship to a New Testament View of Discipleship. doctoral Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio 1990 *
Cunningham, Ben How Do I Come to Know My Spirituality, As I Create My Own Living Educational Theory. doctoral University of Bath, Bath 1999 *
Davis, Andrew Otto You Are That: An Upanishadic Approach to Empathic Writing Instruction in a High School Social Science Course. doctoral Illinois State University, Normal, IL. 2014 *
Delavan, Jonathan Neil Esoteric Techniques Within the Works of New Monastic Teachers: An Analysis of Cynthia Bourgeault, Richard Rohr, and James Finley master's Rice University, Houston, Texas 2021. *
Edgar-Goeser, Deborah Boatwright Invited into the Dance: The Sacred and the Courage to be Embodied. doctoral Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA 2016. *
Edinger, Kendra J. A Sense of the Divine. master's University of Toledo 2006 *
Funk, Robert W. A Return to Wisdom. master's paper University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 1987 *
Georgiou, Steve Theodore Sea and Sky: Robert Lax and the Spiritual Dimensions of Minimalism. doctoral Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley 2004 *
Gooch, Warren Peter "Wisdom: A Cantata," An Original Composition Based Upon a Rotational Pitch System. doctoral University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin 1988 *
Gunn, Robert Walker The Experience of Emptiness in the Process of Self-Transformation in Zen Buddhism, Christianity and Depth Psychology as Represented by Dogen Kigen, Thomas Merton and Carl Jung, with Donald Winnicott and Heinz Kohut. doctoral Union Theological Seminary, New York 1997 *
Halla, Steve Richard The Nature of Woodcarving: A Conversation from Without that Echoes Within. doctoral University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, Texas 2006 *
Howell, Roger William Peace and Human Rights in the Nuclear Age (The Encyclical and the Speech of 1963). master's University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio 2012 *
Lanoue, Deirdre Madison Henri J. M. Nouwen And Modern American Spirituality. doctoral Baylor University, Waco, Texas 1999 *
Leary, Denise A. Surrender to Grace. master's Graduate Theological Union Berkeley, California 1998 *
Maloney, Stephen R. Tongues of Flame: A Study of Five Modern Spiritual Autobiographies. doctoral University of Rochester, New York 1971 *
Martin, Eric A Theology of Dis/obedience: The Conversion of Daniel Berrigan, 1953-1966. doctoral Fordham University, New York 2019 link *
McMahon, Joseph Gerald, Jr. The Religious Roots of Non-Violence in Twentieth Century America. doctoral Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. 1981 *
Miller, William J. A Trappist Cistercian Monastery. bachelor's University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio 1959 *
Mulligan, Mary Therese Ralph Eugene Meatyard: Poetics and the Photograph. doctoral University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 2002 *
Park, Jae Chan Anselmo Spiritual Growth and Healing Through Monastic Experience: A South Korean Benedictine Exploration of the Monastery Stay Experience. master's Regis College, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada 2013 *
Pearson, J. Stephen ‘Not of this world': Christian Devotional Literature as Minority Discourse. doctoral University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 2008 *
Plumley, Brian L. Searching for a Place to Stand: Reflections of Spiritually-Rooted Social Activists. doctoral The Union Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio 1993 *
Richards, Cara Rochelle Smith The Contemplative Tradition: Living Authentically in a Complex World. master's Emmanuel School of Religion, Johnson City, Tennessee 2007 *
Richardson, Virginia Anne An Adlerian Perspective on Religious Conversion. master's University of Arizona, Arizona 1993 *
Rivera, Mary Anne Jubilee magazine and the development of a Vatican II ecclesiology. doctoral Duquesne University, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania 2004 *
Rossini, Giovanni Antonio "Summonses to Awareness:" A Meditation upon Wisdom and Artful Inquiry doctoral Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada 2018 link *
Saltman, Benjamin The Descent to God: Religious Language in Several Contemporary American Poets. doctoral Claremont Graduate School and University Center, Claremont, California 1968 *
Schweigl, Paul Catholic Intellectual Hospitality: An Application to Catholic Higher Education doctoral La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA 2019 link *
Serran-Pagan y Fuentes, Cristobal Mystical Vision And Prophetic Voice In St. John Of The Cross: Towards A Mystical Theology Of Final Integration. doctoral Boston University, Boston 2003 *
Sisson, Larry Wayman Spiritual Autobiography: Origins to Apocalypse. doctoral University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 1995 *
Skeffington, Thomas Poems Set To Original Music [includes setting for Merton's poem: "For My Brother"]. master's Gonzaga University, Washington 1950 *
Skemp, Therese H Three Who Found God: Spirituality in the Twentieth Century. master's Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, Minnesota 2001 *
Slater, Jennifer Direct Experience of God in Contemporary Theology. master's Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa 1993 *
Stockwell, Mary In the Presence of Tradition: Speculative Catholic Theology in Modern America. doctoral University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio 1984 *
Tebow, Michael Wayne. Individuation Within Psychology and Spirituality: A Need for Pluralism. doctoral Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, California 2014 *
Thompson, Michael Trent Living in Lectio: Praying with Their Pens (Catholic Writers and the Sacramental Worldview). master's University of the South, Sewanee, TN 2015
Thompson, Phillip Marshall The Searchers: Twentieth Century Catholic Intellectuals and the Transformation of the Church's Engagement with Science and Technology. doctoral University of Chicago, Chicago 1999 *
Tredget, Dermot Alan. In What Ways Can the Concept of Holy or Sacred Leisure Inform a Renewed Theological Understanding of Work and Leisure in the Twenty-first Century? doctoral St Mary’s University, Twickenham and University of Surrey, Guildford 2020 link *
Truitt, Gordon Edward A Historical and Theological Analysis of the Main Trends of the Catholic Theology of Prayer in the United States, 1949-1975. doctoral The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. 1981 *
Urdanivia, Bertarelli Eduardo La Poesia de Ernesto Cardenal: Fe Cristiana y Compromiso Politico. doctoral State University of New York, Albany, New York 1983 *
Vaden, Matthew Brett The False Self and True Self: A Christian Perspective. doctoral Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky 2015 *
Vine, Naomi The Total Dark Sublime: An Interpretive Analysis of the Late Black Paintings of Ad Reinhardt, 1960-67. doctoral University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 1988 *
Wallis, Bryan Verdin The Greatest Light is the Greatest Shade: Wendell Berry and the Darkness of Coexistence. doctoral University of California, Davis, Davis, CA 2015 *
Wheeler, Elizabeth Stillillhet och Ensamhet: Een Studie I Thomas Mertons Syn På Mystiken. master's Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA 2022. *
Williams, A. Susanne Eastern Spiritual Thought in Contemporary America. master's Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois 1982 *
Yondura, Sophie, SSJ Spiritual Mentors for Living One's Baptismal Call in the 21st Century. doctoral Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2008 *