Albert J. Raboteau who came to Princeton in 1982, is a specialist in American religious history. His research and teaching have focused on American Catholic history, African-American religious movements and currently he is working on the place of beauty in the history of Eastern and Western Christian Spirituality.
It would not seem that a cloistered Roman Catholic monk and a Black Baptist Preacher had much in common. But Thomas Merton and Martin Luther King, Jr., despite their very different backgrounds, came to an unusually close analysis of the meaning of the Civil Rights Movement in the struggle against racism, militarism, and extreme materialism in American society. In this talk, entitled “A Hidden Wholeness: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Thomas Merton on Civil Rights,” based on his 2016 book American Prophets, Professor Raboteau will discuss how the friendship that developed between King and Merton shaped their respective spiritual journeys and worldly engagements.