Sunday, August 17, 2008

One Man’s Opinion


Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn , Nobel Prize winning Russian author, died two weeks ago aged 89

Over a half century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of old people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: "Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened."

Since then I have spent well-nigh 50 years working on the history of our revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: "Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened."

Edward E. Ericson, Jr., "Solzhenitsyn - Voice from the Gulag," Eternity, October 1985, pp. 23, 24.

6 comments:

DrJ said...

I would be tempted to agree, until I remember other periods of history such as the Crusades when God was clearly not forgotten.

jewish philosopher said...

People, religious or secular, tend to be violent, however the ferocity of atheists is unprecedented.

The defense is often made "Communism was at fault, not atheism." However couldn't it be that only atheists would be willing to accept an ideology as murderous as Communism?

david said...

I would argue that the Crusades were every bit as much a result of men forgetting God as the Russian revolution. The Crusaders may well have carried out their acts in Gods name, but they could not contradict the true teachings of Christ any more if they tried to. The real truth is that evil people will find a way to abuse whatever idiology suits them at any time.

Anonymous said...

People, religious or secular, tend to be violent, however the ferocity of atheists is unprecedented.

Re: Third Reich. Read the belt buckle "Got mit Uns"

The defense is often made "Communism was at fault, not atheism." However couldn't it be that only atheists would be willing to accept an ideology as murderous as Communism?

But what, pray tell, about the philosophy of "Jihad?" The Christianity of the Third Reich. The Massacres by the Jews outlined in the Torah?

All murderous ideologies. All born of irrationism. To Single of Communism as "more murderous" is to ignore history.

jewish philosopher said...

I think if we compare body counts, Communism is way ahead of anyone else.

In contrast, the Orthodox Jewish community probably has the lowest rate of violent crime of any similar sized community in the world.

Anonymous said...

"I would argue that the Crusades were every bit as much a result of men forgetting God as the Russian revolution."

Many historians feel that the Crusades were as much abouting controlling land, trade routes, politics, etc, as they were about spreading religion.

Re: Third Reich. Read the belt buckle "Got mit Uns"

This practice was actually started by the Kaiser. It was merely the continuation of a military tradition. Hitler made it quite clear in "Mein Kampf" that his core belief system was Darwinism.