22 Nov

The Virtues of Orwell's Windowpane Prose

Category: Sound Thinking
By: Amy L. Graeser
Published: 11/22/02

Professor Paul J. Griffiths explains why Christians should read George Orwell's works.

George Orwell is known, in part, for his disdain for system- and doctrine-endorsing institutions, Catholicism and Christianity included. At first glance, it may not seem as if his writings would be particularly advantageous for Christians to study, but in "Orwell for Christians," published in the December 2004 issue of First Things, professor Paul J. Griffiths takes a closer look at Orwell and commends his work to Christians for some valuable lessons. In addition to explaining that Orwell's prose demonstrates the consequences of affirming that there is a describable, natural order to the world, Griffiths writes: "The virtue [Christians] can learn from Orwell is to see the power of language to depict and of thought to grasp the meaning of what is depicted, and to strive to use language in such a way that it more fully realizes that power." [Posted November 2004, ALG]