There’s this ingrained belief in our culture that science will always progress, but we have no way of being sure that this will in fact happen. Civilizations collapse and disappear. Science is a unique phenomenon that really only appeared once in the history of the world—in Christian Europe. If its philosophical foundations are undercut, then it’s very possible that it will disappear. There’s also the danger that the misuse of science will become a tool for political tyranny. The two most tyrannical regimes of all time, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, both claimed to be scientifically based. Marxism/Leninism was promoted as scientific Socialism, while Hitler claimed that National Socialism was actually applied biology. It’s entirely possible that this sort of thing could happen again.
–Dr. Austin Hughes
On a trip to Russia just after the collapse of communism in 1991, I had a conversation with a Marxist scholar who was devastated by revelations about the horrors just then coming to light in his country. “I had no idea things like this were taking pace,” he said. “I became a communist with the best of ideals, to fight racism and poverty, to bring about a just society. Now I learn that we created a monster. We saw the evil in others—the capitalists, the rich, the exploiters—but not in ourselves. I have learned to distrust a utopian philosophy, especially one that sets ‘us’ against ‘them.’ The danger of evil is inside all of us, rich or poor, socialist or capitalist.”
— Philip Yancey,
Rumors of Another World
If any country in the world should be known for its cynicism and contempt for religion, it should be Russia. For over seven decades the Russian populace was exposed to a tireless barrage that mocked Christianity and sought to liberate the masses from all such “ridiculous superstitions.” The soviet state ruthlessly pursued its goal to obliterate religious belief through propaganda, imprisonment, torture, and mass murder.
One would expect that this region of the world would now be a hotbed of atheism, the Mecca of materialism.
The relentless onslaught backfired. Communism collapsed, but faith in God didn’t. It flourished.
According to Wikipedia approximately 50% of Russians now identify with some branch of Christianity. They have tasted and seen firsthand what a Christless state is all about. It wasn’t good. They have been there and have come back. Russia tried secularism and discovered it is morally bankrupt.
The West has yet to make that discovery.
–J. O. Schulz
I lived in the dying years of the Soviet Union in Moscow. I travelled extensively in the regions run by Communism. I saw it and I know how very, very hostile it was to religion and why it was, and one of the things I want to convey to people is how that hostility is now being re-forged by the new atheists who in many cases have no idea of the forces they are trying to summon off the ground, and very little idea of the dangers of what they are doing. If you drive God out the world then you create a howling wilderness.
–From an interview with Peter Hitchens