By Karin Holsinger Sherman
In A query of Being, the 1st book-length remedy released on Douglass's writings, Karin Holsinger Sherman offers an creation to and engagement with this crucial physique of labor via an exploration into its contextual background, impacts, and major subject matters. furthermore, the writer argues that those subject matters interact to create an “ontology of nonviolence," an ontology that integrates the forces of resistance and contemplation so very important to Douglass.
The booklet starts off by way of interpreting Douglass's biography and 3 vast historic trajectories that provide context to his inspiration: the fusion of Christianity and American nationalism within the early chilly warfare interval; the emergence of cultural critique within the past due fifties and early sixties, and the Catholic pacifist culture; and the post-1972 interval of disillusionment. Holsinger Sherman then considers the lives and considered Dorothy Day, Mahatma Gandhi, and Thomas Merton, in addition to their distinctive highbrow and exemplary impact on Douglass's rules. After explicating the subjects of the go and the dominion as they constructed chronologically in Douglass's writing profession, this publication attracts jointly Douglass's idea to bare an “ontology of nonviolence.” In her end, Holsinger Sherman argues that this ontology of nonviolence is the foremost to knowing Douglass's vital theology of contemplation and resistance.
"Karin Holsinger Sherman has written a gorgeous exposition of my books. by way of choosing an underlying, nonviolent 'question of being,' she has united their issues in a deeply perceptive method. i'm thankful to her for her work."
--James Douglass, Catholic employee, founding father of Mary's residence and floor 0 heart for Nonviolent motion
“More than simply a superb exposition of the improvement and considered James Douglass, A query of Being sheds gentle on an entire new release which grappled with the connection among spirituality and social engagement. good researched, traditionally astute, sincerely written, and nuanced in its criticisms, . . . Holsinger Sherman’s synthesis of Douglass’s ethic of ‘cross and country’ round an ‘ontology of nonviolence’ is artistic and opens up a brand new course of common perform for all these engaged within the pursuit of peace.”
--Joseph P. Chinnici, OFM, Franciscan tuition of Theology and American Catholic old Association
“Like an exceptional gardener, Holsinger has a tendency the sector of theologian and activist Jim Douglass's existence paintings. this is scholarship at its best possible. not just is Holsinger pointing us to at least one of an important prophets of our time; she additionally creates an area the place the seeds of his notion can flourish into reliable fruit. I wolfed this booklet just like the first strawberries of spring.”
--Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, writer of To Baghdad and Beyond
Karin Holsinger Sherman bought her master's measure in Christian spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She and her husband at the moment stay in Cambridge, England.
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