Peace in the Post-Christian Era

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Publishers Weekly
The story behind this treatise by the legendary Trappist monk from Kentucky's Abbey of Gethsemani is nearly as fascinating as the document itself. As explained in the foreword by Jim Forest, who corresponded with Merton while a member of the Catholic Worker movement, and the introduction by Patricia Burton, the book's publication was thwarted in 1962 by Trappist abbot general Dom Gabriel Sortais, who did not view such writing as the right kind of work for a monk. Merton's own abbot, Dom James Fox, however, allowed the manuscript to be mimeographed and put into limited circulation. Now, 42 years later, Merton's visionary message is being brought out for wider examination. Although it is dated by the writer's focus on the threat of nuclear annihilation in relationship to the Cold War, the book's ideas remain relevant and applicable to the current debate over the terrorist threat. Merton aficionados will especially appreciate the way he connects the quest for peace to the Christian life, and many will be encouraged by reminders of how much has changed since Merton worried about a general Catholic reluctance to speak out against war. Readers will be left with a sense that Merton's voice was heard despite the silencing of his words, a fact that should hearten those working for peace. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570755590
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,325,604
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the book that never was
1 Preamble : peace - a religious responsibility 3
2 Can we choose peace? 8
3 The dance of death 20
4 The Christian as peacemaker 27
5 War in Origen and St. Augustine 34
6 The legacy of Machiavelli 47
7 Justice in modern war 58
8 Religious problems of the Cold War 68
9 Theologians and defense 75
10 Working for peace 89
11 Beyond east and west 94
12 Moral passivity and demonic activism 102
13 The scientists and nuclear war 109
14 Red or dead? : the anatomy of a cliche 121
15 Christian perspectives in world crisis 127
16 Christian conscience and national defense 140
17 The Christian choice 152
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