A fresh exploration of Merton’s life and thought, focussing on his role as a Christian activist.
Written by an author who combines a contemplative life with political action, this is an inspirational book that will encourage readers to work towards a more just world.
Mario I. Aguilar is Professor of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics. His previous books include Contemplating God, Changing the World (SPCK, 2008).
Mario Aguilar makes a convincing case in arguing that the silence of the cloister can speak powerfully and prophetically to the world at large. His book on Thomas Merton is a welcome addition to the scholarly literature on the twentieth century's most influential Christian monk.
- Lawrence S. Cunningham, John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame, USA
This book not only informs readers about the extraordinary life and work of Thomas Merton, but is an outstanding account of the inseparability of contemplation and political action. Aguilar's prose is flowing and a joy to read. The powerful subject matter is conveyed simply, and in a manner that will appeal far beyond the classroom. Reading this book made me feel as though I had met with Thomas Merton personally.
- Esther D. Reed, Associate Professor of Theological Ethics, University of Exeter, UK