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Breakthrough to Peace: Twelve Views on the Threat of Thermonuclear Extermination
Breakthrough to Peace Twelve Views on the Threat of Thermonuclear Extermination Author:Thomas Merton (Editor) A RARE VOLUME IMPORTANT NOW AS THEN — This volume collects numerous essays regarding nuclear war and its immorality, and remains distressingly timely as our Church abdicates its prophetic moral role, or goes unheard. Let us take courage, consolation and comfort in its re-reading, and strength for the on-going truly Christian struggle for peace. — ... more »This book Merton was editing when he received the incomprehensible order from the head of the Trappists in France that he must write no more on war and peace, that such considerations were not for monks to entertain, when the very vocation and essence of monasticism is the fierce battle for peace and non-violence.
The Intro to Peace in the Post-Christian Era adequately addresses this question of Merton's obedience to this order, and outlines the troubled birth of this present book, which miraculously appears here now, after forty years, upon the amazon. At least, it briefly surfaced, as I eagerly acquire it as quickly as I do any copy of the ever-unavailable Populorum Progressio!« less