Mrs. Katharine Champney writes from Cincinnati, Ohio, in response to "Apologies to an Unbeliever", published in the November 1966 issue of Harper's Magazine (and later appeared with a related article in the book Faith and Violence).
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See published letter from Merton to Champney in Witness to Freedom, pp. 327-329; see also 1966/11/11 entry about Champney from his journals, published in Learning to Love, pp. 158-159; and see also the "McKervey, Henry A." file.
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||Please excuse the (contrived) confusion of my salutation. However, the crossed-out titles certainly
|| dislikes organized religion in any form - feels a kinship with Merton after reading "Apologies to an Unbeliever" he wrote for Harper's magazine / does Merton truly appreciates the isolation and lack of security in not believing? / has not heard/seen God - is there no God? / does it matter or change things if she believes?
||TL[c] from Merton
||You talk a bit like my other friend Catharine with a C who is one of the editors at Harpers.
|| "Believing is not only not seeing but it is also a staunch refusal to say you see what you don't see." / on not seeing God either and being as "alone in the Void" - only difference is that Merton is "happy with traditional religious concepts" as a tool - also sees they "ultimately go nowhere" / feels "more at home with unbelievers"