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Writing at the height of the Cold War, Merton issued a passionate cry for sanity and a challenge to the idea that unthinkable violence can be squared with the Gospel of Christ. Censors of Merton's Trappist order blocked publication of this work, but forty years later, despite changing circumstances, his prophetic message remains eerily topical. At a time when the "war on terrorism" has replaced the struggle against communism, Merton's work continues to demonstrate the power and relevance of the Gospel in answering the most urgent challenges of our time.
Thomas Merton, the most prominent Catholic monk of the twentieth century, died in 1968. His ongoing legacy is reflected in many books including Thomas Merton: Essential Writings; Seeking Paradise: The Spirit of the Shakers; and Thomas Merton: Selected Essays.