Sunday, May 09, 2010

Solzhenitsyn on Secular Humanism

On the Alfred the Great Society website, I have written an article on the life and thought of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. I suggest everyone visit the site to read about this remarkable man and his amazing testimony for the Christian faith.
Although Solzhenitsyn is mainly remembered for his opposition to communism, it should not be overlooked that he saw communism as merely a symptom of rejecting God. Without belief in God and man’s religious responsibility, freedom cannot be sustained he argued. “ early democracies,” he said, “as in American democracy at the time of its birth, all individual human rights were granted on the ground that man is God’s creature. That is, freedom was given to the individual conditionally, in the assumption of his constant religious responsibility.”
In his Harvard address, Solzhenitsyn said, “The interrelationship is such, moreover, that the current of materialism which is farthest to the left, and is hence the most consistent, always proves to be stronger, more attractive, and victorious. Humanism which has lost its Christian heritage cannot prevail in this competition. Thus during the past centuries and especially in recent decades, as the process became more acute, the alignment of forces was as follows: Liberalism was inevitably pushed aside by radicalism, radicalism had to surrender to socialism, and socialism could not stand up to communism.”

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