MARS HILL AUDIO Anthology 6

The Christian Humanism of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The death of Solzhenitsyn in 2008 provided an opportunity to reassess the life and work of this remarkable figure, whose accomplishment is discussed on this Anthology. Ken Myers talks with Edward Ericson, Jr. (Solzhenitsyn and the Modern World, co-editor of The Solzhenitsyn Reader and co-author of The Soul and Barbed Wire), David Aikman (Great Souls: Six Who Changed the Century), and James Pontuso (Solzhenitsyn's Political Thought) about the conditions and experiences that transformed Solzhenitsyn from a committed Communist schoolteacher to a Nobel Prize-winning novelist and the global symbol of heroic resistance to tyranny. One of the main themes emphasized by these three guests is that Solzhenitsyn was not principally concerned with politics, but with human nature and purpose, understood in light of the Christian account of reality. 73 minutes.

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    Edward Ericson, Jr.: “More than being anti-Communist he is pro-humanity . . .”
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    James Pontuso: “Why would someone sacrifice their life because they didn’t have a dishwasher? . . .”
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    Ericson: on Invisible Allies
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    David Aikman: “Everything Solzhenitsyn wrote about contained the word ‘truth’ . . . ”
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    Ericson: on the original publication of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
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    Ericson: on Solzhenitsyn’s first impulse not being political
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    Ericson: on finishing the great literary masterpiece
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    Ericson: on Alexander Schmemann’s recognition of Solzhenitsyn’s Christian conviction
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    Ericson: on Solzhenitsyn’s return to faith
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    Ericson: on the Nobel lecture and Solzhenitsyn’s persistent dedication
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    Ericson: on the Western reception of Solzhenitsyn in the 1970s, and on the attention he was given in France
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    Ericson: on the green Solzhenitsyn
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    Ericson: on the Harvard address and a later similar talk
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    Closing