The Social Thought of Thomas Merton
The Way of Nonviolence and Peace for the Future
Designed for College Students Taking Courses in Peace Studies, Social Thought and Christian Ethics
This new edition traces the evolution of Thomas Merton's social thought, particularly as it evolved toward a way of nonviolence and peacemaking grounded in contemplation and Christian love.
It identifies the social context that shaped Merton, including civil rights and racism, the Vietnam War, and a growing nuclear threat.
And it explores the religious influences and experiences that shaped Merton, including Catholic social teaching—particularly Pope John XXIII's encyclical Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth)—the words and actions of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., the practice of contemplation and Zen, and Merton's own life as a Trappist monk.
Copyright: Sept. 17, 2009
Size: 5.375 x 8.25
Length: 158 pages
Item number: 7021
By Bruce J. Malina, professor of New Testament, Creighton University
The Bookwatch, July, 2009
Review by James A. Cox, editor-in-chief, Midwest Book Review