Solzhenitsyn Saw It 40 Years Ago: The West Is Losing Its Soul. The Cure? Bring Back Christianity

Source: Solzhenitsyn Saw It 40 Years Ago: The West Is Losing Its Soul. The Cure? Bring Back Christianity

“[Vladimir Putin’s] embrace of Russian Orthodoxy has been a reason for the [re-]elevation of Christianity to [the] place of influence it occupied for over a millennium. One of the spiritual and philosophical influences behind Putin has been Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Partly due to Putin’s influence, Solzhenitsyn’s master work The Gulag Archipelago is now required reading in Russian schools.

“Solzhenitsyn openly rejected the secularist and leftist liberal political philosophy dominating the cultures of Europe and America. Russia, he said, had her own unique spiritual and historic heritage, a heritage [that] clashed with the dominant ideology of the West. Though he admired the spirituality of the American heartland, he saw the West in general as drowning in a vortex created by moral degradation, anti-religious sentiment and extreme individualism…

“Solzhenitsyn went on to point out the basic error that led to the decadence of the West; namely, the assumption of the Enlightenment that mankind has no higher force above him, but is autonomous – mankind as the center of everything that exists. In effect, the West, including America, which at its inception believed quite differently, rejected the idea that all ‘individual human rights were granted because man is God’s creature.’ Freedom, he said, is conditional in that it has grave religious responsibilities, an idea that had roots thousands of years old…

“The West, including America, was sliding toward an abyss of its own making. The young were deliberately being taught godlessness and hatred of their own society. The subsequent corrosion of the human heart and hatred was fast becoming the signature of the contemporary free world, which appeared anxious to export to the rest of the world its own philosophy of godlessness and immorality.

“The solution, he concluded, was repentance and return to God:“…If we perish and lose this world, the fault will be ours alone.” Solzhenitsyn’s powerful insights hold much truth. If there is to be a reset between the West and Russia, it must be based on the mutual and ancient Christian roots of both entities.”

Indeed.

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Author: The Anglophilic Anglican

I am an ordained Anglican clergyman, published writer, former op-ed columnist, and experienced outdoor and informal educator. I am also a traditionalist: religiously, philosophically, politically, and socially. I seek to do my bit to promote and restore the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, in a world which has too-often lost touch with all three, and to help re-weave the connections between God, Nature, and humankind which out techno-industrial civilization has strained and broken.

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