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Peace in the Post-Christian Era - Thomas Merton

Peace in the Post-Christian Era

By: Thomas Merton, Patricia Burton (Foreword by)

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Published: 23rd September 2004
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Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk and spiritual writer, was passionately devoted to the cause of peace. But the censors of his order blocked publication of this major work, a trenchant critique of nuclear war, the ideology of the cold war, and the idols of national security. Even when church teaching began to echo Merton's prophetic voice, this book, Peace in the Post-Christian Era, remained unpublished, circulated only in mimeograph form and virtually unknown beyond a circle of Merton scholars. Now in its original and complete form it appears at last.

Writing at the height of the Cold War, Merton issues a passionate cry for sanity and a challenge to the idea that unthinkable violence can be squared with the Gospel of Chirst. Forty years later, despite changing circumstances, his prophetic message remains eerily topical. At a time when the 'war on terrorism' has replaced the struggle against communism, Merton's work continues to demonstrate the power and relevance of the gospel in answering the most urgent challenges of our time.

"Merton's book is as relevant and timely today as when he wrote it...Substitute 'war on terrorism' for 'war on communism, ' and his insights continue to challenge our culture of war and ourselves to become Gospel people of peace and nonviolence."

Forewordp. vii
Introduction: The Book That Never Wasp. xxv
Editor's Notep. lvii
Preamble: Peace - A Religious Responsibilityp. 3
Can We Choose Peace?p. 8
The Dance of Deathp. 20
The Christian as Peacemakerp. 27
War in Origen and St. Augustinep. 34
The Legacy of Machiavellip. 47
Justice in Modern Warp. 58
Religious Problems of the Cold Warp. 68
Theologians and Defensep. 75
Working for Peacep. 89
Beyond East and Westp. 94
Moral Passivity and Demonic Activismp. 102
The Scientists and Nuclear Warp. 109
Red or Dead? The Anatomy of a Clichep. 121
Christian Perspectives in World Crisisp. 127
Christian Conscience and National Defensep. 140
The Christian Choicep. 152
Notesp. 163
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ISBN: 9781570755590
ISBN-10: 1570755590
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 23rd September 2004
Publisher: Orbis Books (USA)
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.34  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.25