What Were You Expecting to See?

“What were you expecting to see,” he asked, “when you went out to the desert? A reed wobbling in the wind?” Jesus speaking to the crowds about John the Baptist, Matthew’s gospel account 11: 7

“A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today. The Western world has lost its civic courage, both as a whole and separately, in each country, in each government, in each political party, and, of course, in the United Nations. Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling and intellectual elites, causing an impression of a loss of courage by the entire society. There are many courageous individuals, but they have no determining influence on public life…

…Must one point out that from ancient times a decline in courage has been considered the first symptom of the end?” Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn, Commencement Address Delivered At Harvard University, June 8, 1978


Imagine an Old Testament prophet combined with John the Baptist and with the Apostle Paul. Now imagine this unremarkable bearded composite standing and speaking to an intellectual group at a modern-day Mars Hill…

In this fascinating audio clip, Christian philosopher Dr. Peter Kreeft delivers a reflective dialogue with Solzhenitsyn, with a teaching associate and with himself. He does this as he recalls sitting in the audience listening to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Commencement Address at Harvard on June 8, 1978.

This is July 26th, 2017. Look at “the ruling and intellectual elites of our age”. Look at our leaders. You’ll find poll watchers and equivocators and ditherers and alternate-truth liars. You’ll see symptoms of the end.

Dr Peter Kreeft on Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Commencement Address at Harvard


Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Commencement Address at Harvard

Dr Peter Kreeft

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