Merton's startling critique of a society driven by technology and rampant acquisition, the politics of "good versus evil," and the self-deluding complacency of the spiritual "lifestyle" demonstrate beyond doubt that his writings are as urgently relevant today as they were in his lifetime.
Robert Inchausti is the author of Thomas Merton's Spiritual Prophecy, The Ignorant Perfection of Ordinary People, and The Spitwad Sutras: Classroom Teaching as Sublime Vocation. He is a Professor of English at California Polytechnic State University.
167 pp. paperback.