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Author QuotedWalter Stein (ed.)
Title QuotedNuclear Weapons: a Catholic Response
Date (Year/Month/Day)1962/01/00
ImprintLondon : [s.n.]. 1961
QuotationAs I said in the letter to the people of the Merlin Press, I found the book edited by you [Nuclear Weapons and the Christian Conscience, 1961] very impressive. What struck me most was the fact that the level was high, the thinking was energetic and uncompromising, and I was stimulated by the absence of the familiar cliches, or by worn-out mannerisms which have served us all in the evasion of real issues. For example (without applying these criticisms to any other book in particular), I was very struck by the superiority of your book over Morals and Missiles, which nevertheless had some good things in it. But Morals and Missiles had that chatty informality which the Englishman of Chesterton's generation thought he had to adopt as a protection whenever he tried to speak his mind on anything serious. Thank God you have thrown that off, because it emasculates a lot of very good thought.
JournalWitness to Freedom: The Letters of Thomas Merton in Times of Crisis.; Selected and edited by William H. Shannon. / New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 1994, p. 27-28
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