Item #1475 Seeds of Destruction. Thomas Merton.

Seeds of Destruction

New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1964. First printing. Octavo, original brick cloth spine, gray paper boards, red top edge, original dust jacket. Ex-convent library signature to blank flyleaf, simple card pocket to rear endpaper. A near-fine copy. Item #1475

"I THINK ANYONE WHO TAKES SERIOUSLY THE MEANING OF CHRIST IN OUR WORLD REALIZES THAT NOW THE TIME HAS COME WHEN RELIGION BRINGS INTERIOR CONFLICT"

First edition of Seeds of Destruction, a collection of Thomas Merton's essays and correspondence confronting the moral crisis of racism. In a bright, unclipped example of the dust jacket designed by Ronald Clyne.

Originally appearing in the pages of Commonweal, Jubilee, Ramparts, and Blackfriars, these anguished essays were "written in, and for, a time of crisis—the moral crisis of racism and the 'black revolution' and the spiritual crisis occasioned by the passing of the old order." Moving beyond his early focus on the meaning of the monastic and contemplative life, Merton began to address "war, racism, and other issues of the day. Long before such positions were commonplace in the church he was a prophetic voice for peace and nonviolence" (Robert Ellsberg). The book is composed of three sections: Part One. Black Revolution, Part Two. The Disapora, Part Three, "Letters in a Time of Crisis," prints Merton's letters to figures such as Jacques Maritain, Frank Sheed, Dorothy Day, and James Baldwin. With an Author's Note (dated, "Abbey of Gethsemani / July, 1964") describing his monastic vow of obedience as "a deep concern for the most fundamental of all expressions of God's will: the love of His truth and of our neighbor." Approbations. Robert Ellsberg. All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Time.

Price: $75.00

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