A Fallen World Essay
“We live in a fallen world. ” In the audience of the church, this is something we hear almost every day. Relatable, in Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s essay, “Men Have Forgotten God,” he proposes that the decline of our world is because God has been forgotten. For example, the author remembers, “hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened’” (145). On the other hand, in Cathy Stentzel’s essay, “A Quiet Conversation,” she is offering that God has called on us to choose life.
For example, we can see this when Stentzel tells her readers about her conversion from pro-abortion to pro-like when she says, “I know it is life and has a right to live because I have come to know its Creator” (203). It is such a miraculous thing to read about a change of heart and hearing one person’s story to believing in a God. Throughout his essay, Solzhenitsyn has a slightly negative tone towards his readers, while Stentzel is attempting to tell people God has called us to something greater and to live above the world’s standards.
Repeatedly Solzhenitsyn says, “Men have forgotten God” (145). This is an extremely powerful thing to say, but Solzhenitsyn reasons back it up in a pessimistic, but honest way, “The failings of human consciousness, deprived of its divine dimension, have been a determining factor in all the major crimes of this century” (145). Although it may seem he is bashing humans for the crimes and disasters of our century, we do in live in a fallen world, and a world where many have forgotten God. The importance of listening to God is seen in both essays.
While Solzhenitsyn’s essay is portraying the negative approach of how we do not listen to God, Stentzel attempts to make believers out of her readers through her life changing story. To back this negative approach theme up, Solzhenitsyn says, “To the ill-considered hopes of the last two centuries, which have reduced us to insignificance and brought us to the brink of nuclear and non-nuclear death, we can propose only a determined quest for the warm hand of God” (152). Here we see the author using death to lead us to God’s healing hand.
To back up Stentzels believer making words, she says, “Through prayer and contemplation, in reading of Scriptures and in the life of the Eucharist, at the most personal and intimate level, I have come to know the value of my own life” (203). Here we see her open up to her readers and be honest in allowing us to know how she finally came to realize the value of her own life through God. Concluding, life is not rainbows and butterflys, but, although we do live in a fallen world, we can see through Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Cathy Stentzel’s essays, that we as Christians, with a little prayer and remembrance of God, we can see the light.