Illusions of Freedom
Thomas Merton and Jacques Ellul on Technology and the Human Condition
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"This book is an important contribution to understanding two sources of wisdom for our technological world, Thomas Merton and Jacques Ellul. Shaw carefully parses how their visions often echo and complement one another. The book also contributes to unpacking how to preserve our freedom when we are being seduced by the false technical ideals of efficiency, productivity, and utility. In sum, this book provides critical resources for preserving our full humanity."
--Phillip M. Thompson, Aquinas Center of Theology, Emory University
"Jeffrey Shaw has carefully arranged in a book what never took place in reality, a conversation between Ellul and Merton. Their agreements, which Shaw allows us to see, give us guidance in troubled times."
--Albert Borgmann, author of Real American Ethics
"In Illusions of Freedom, Jeffrey Shaw presents his reader with a thorough and finely executed comparison of the intersections in the life and thought of Thomas Merton and Jacques Ellul on issues relating to technology and the human condition. Their insights and critique, though written decades ago, raise questions as applicable today as when they wrote them, perhaps even more. . . . "
--Paul M. Pearson, Thomas Merton Center, Bellarmine University