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The Nonviolent Alternative

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The writings in this work were precipitated by a variety of events during the last decades of Merton's life - the civil rights and peace movements of the 1960s among them. His timeless moral integrity and tireless concern for nonviolent solutions to war are eloquently expressed.
Paperback, 270 pages
Published June 1st 1981 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published January 1st 1980)
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The Nonviolent Alternative presents an exhaustive compilation of Merton's dissertations about the role of the Christian, the church, and the citizen in the function of peacekeeping. The book specifically targets the topics of nuclear warfare, the Cold War, and the arms race.

The reader will likely find the book at least slightly redundant of itself. The book contains constant references to catholic ideology -a fact which many non Catholics will likely find grating. However, the book challenges th
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Thomas Merton was one of the most influential Catholic authors of the 20th century. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, in the American state of Kentucky, Merton was an acclaimed Catholic spiritual writer, poet, author and social activist. Merton wrote over 60 books, scores of essays and reviews, and is the ongoing subject of many biographies. Merton was also a proponent of ...more
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