Mystic as Prophet: The Deep Freedom of Thomas Merton and Howard Thurman


Perhaps the rarest of all human beings is the mystic as prophet. There are few who have successfully combined a life of contemplation with a prophetic call to social justice. Howard Thurman (1900-81) and Thomas Merton (1915-68) are two such individuals. As beacons of light in a world clouded by violence, war and racial bigotry, this African-Ameri- can minister, and this Trappist monk, have illumined the way for many.