Joseph Pearce on Solzhenitsyn: The Courage to Be a Christian

Related to the post below about the apocalyptic election scene, I offer this article:  Alexander Solzhenitsyn:  The Courage to Be a Christian, by Joseph Pearce. An excerpt:

As we await the fall of the Obamanation, we need to remember that the culture of death is a parasite. It does not give life; it only destroys or corrupts it. Like all successful parasites, it kills itself when it kills the host culture on which it feeds. It is not merely deadly but suicidal. It is unsustainable. It cannot survive. Let’s not forget that Hitler’s promise of a Thousand Year Reich lasted only twelve years. In a similar vein, the communist revolution which according to Marx would usher in the end of history, is itself a ruined remnant of history. Little could Solzhenitsyn have known when he languished as one of the many millions in the Soviet prison system that he would outlive the Soviet system and, furthermore, that his own courage would play an important part in that very system’s collapse.

There are so many voices warning of the direction our country is headed. But nobody reads anymore, history instruction is a joke, as is much of “higher education.  This is why history always repeats itself. Wise people listen to those who have gone on before, and they learn from it.




One thought on “Joseph Pearce on Solzhenitsyn: The Courage to Be a Christian

  1. David Kanz says:

    “What would it be to meet where we are most alone? An image of such a meeting would be that of meeting a “child of God,” an afflicted person who lives outside the human circle. Dostoevsky seems to describe such a meeting in “The Idiot.” He set out there to depict a good man, but with consciousness of the Gospel, “one there who is good,” (Matthew 19: 17), and so he imagined the good man as an idiot, a “child of God.” Prince Myshkin, the idiot of his story, meets others where they are most alone——in their circumstances, their conflict, their guilt, their suffering, their dying. The whole story takes place in a lucid interval, Myshkin is an epelepic and has emerged at the beginning of the story from a period of idiocy. At the end he relapses into idiocy once more. In between he is lucid and is able to enter into the human circle. But he brings with him the experience if living outside in isolation. So he knows how to meet others in their aloneness. Others on their part are drawn to him, drawn by his goodness. He seems to be luminous where they are dark.”

    The Reasons of the Heart: Chapter 4 “God in the Darkness”
    by John S. Dunne

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