Hope Under Tyrrany

Posted: July 29, 2010 by Scott Kistler in Apologetics, Book Reviews, Christ & Culture, History, Politics
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I finally read Animal Farm recently.  I had read 1984 about 15 years ago and enjoyed it, but had never followed it up with Orwell’s other famous work.  I was struck by the way that both novels end it such a bleak place, with the terrible system triumphing over any resistance.  In his introduction to a volume that combines these two novels, Christopher Hitchens writes that 1984 “makes an almost conscious attempt to destroy the very concept of hope” (x).  That’s a pretty good way of putting it.

Hitchens’ description got me thinking.  Orwell seems to have rejected Christianity (from what I can tell, especially the part of this article that I could access), and Hitchens is famous for his antitheism.  Yet one of the great sources of hope, at least in the latter years of communist Eastern Europe, was the Christian faith (especially Catholicism, from my understanding).  Pope John Paul II and the Solidarity movement were critical in the defeat of Polish communism and Vaclav Havel in Czechoslovakia has been noted for his faith.  You can also click here for a video about activities at a Lutheran church in Leipzig (East Germany) in the 1980s.

So the belief in Christ that Orwell and Hitchens rejected turned out to be an important part of defeating the tyranny that they despised.

You may have heard that Christopher Hitchens has cancer.  I hope very much and pray that he will put aside his fierce opposition to God and see that in Christ, he does have true hope.


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