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Author QuotedJacques Ellul
Title Quotedtechnological society / Jacques Ellul ; transl. from the French by John Wilkinson ; with an introd. by Robert K. Merton
Date (Year/Month/Day)1964/12/10
ImprintNew York : Knopf. 1964
QuotationThe old structures, manifestly inadequate in some ways, are being taken away, and instead of being spiritually liberated, Christians are rushing to submit to much more tyrannical structures: the absolute dominion of technology-politics-business (or state capital). I think M. Schuon has exactly the right view, and I am pleased that he remarks in passing on the naive infatuation with Teilhard de Chardin (though I think there is much that is good in Chardin, along with some grave illusions). Have you by any chance read the book of Jacques Ellul on the Technological Society (perhaps La Technique in French)? It is monumental, and one of the most important treatments of the subject "¦
Quotation SourceThe Hidden Ground of Love: The Letters of Thomas Merton on Religious Experience and Social Concerns.; Selected and edited by William H. Shannon. / New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 1985, p. 467-68
Letter toMarco Pallis
Link to Merton's Copy 42884 

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