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Cold War Letters by Thomas Merton

"Those who think there can be a just cause for measures that gravely risk leading to the destruction of the entire human race are in the most dangerous illusion." --Thomas Merton

Published in book form for the first time, Thomas Mertons Cold War Letters brings together 111 of the acclaimed Trappist monk's letters to friends, peace activists, artists, and intellectuals, written between October 1961 and October 1962 at the height of Cold War tensions. Originally distributed in mimeographed form (after he was forbidden to publish his thoughts on peace), these letters reflect Merton's prophetic insight into the crisis of his time. As the world seemed to tumble toward an atomic apocalypse, Merton sought in these letters--still uncannily relevant a half a century later--to create a community of concern that might raise a moral counterweight to the forces of fear and destruction.

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ISBN-13: 9781570756627
Publisher: Orbis Books
Publication date: 12/28/2007
Pages: 206
Sales rank: 754,272
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a Trappist monk and the author of many influential works, including The Seven Story Mountain and Peace in the Post-Christian Era.

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Cold War Letters 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ChrisNDUVA More than 1 year ago
Written during the height of MAD, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Dr. Strangelove, this collection of letters was initially mimeographed and circulated among the nonviolence movement like the samisdat of Soviet dissidents, because Fr. Merton was forbidden by his religious superiors to publish anything dealing with issues of war and peace. Luckily, they are mass published now, since his words are just as relevant in this era of weapons of mass destruction. Merton excoriates the Manichean mentality of the Cold Warriors and, in doing so, provides a vision of peace and understanding that transcends (but also respects) individual differences. It is a valuable antidote to the Manicheism that we breathe in our air every day.