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Rousas John Rushdoony The Mythology of Science Chapter Three

Rousas John Rushdoony The Mythology of Science Chapter Three

3. Orwell’s 1984: Horror or Hope?

Rousas John Rushdoony

The Mythology of Science, Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books, 2001, pp.25-43

1. The Mythology of Science
2. The Concept of Evolution as Cultural Myth
3. Orwell’s 1984: Horror or Hope?
4. The Control of Life
5. The Premises of Evolutionary Thought
6. The Necessity for Creationism
7. The Act of Creation
8. The Concept of a Mature Creation
9. Process and History
10. Science and Decree
11. Paradigms and Facts
12. The Revolution of Rising Expectations
1. The Myth of Nature
2. Review of Jan Lever’s Creation and Evolution
3. Review of Mixter’s Evolution and Christian Thought Today
4. Duquesne University Symposium on Evolution


Chapter Three
Orwell’s 1984: Horror or Hope?

 When George Orwell wrote 1984, he saw, from the vantage of 1948, a new world already in process of development around him and implicit in all the presuppositions which governed his day. For Orwell, 1984 is 1948 more openly revealed. That Orwell viewed this scientific socialist future with horror is well known and obvious; that 1984 became a symbol of a monstrous and dehumanized world is equally obvious. It comes as a surprise to many that the term “1984” is often used as a symbol of a glorious future despite full awareness of the meaning of Orwell’s work. Thus, a major periodical cites 1984 as the symbolic date when man has overcome death.1More importantly, the New Scientist carried a series of articles on 1984, published in two volumes as The World in 1984.2 These articles give almost unanimously, with a professor of poetry markedly dissenting, a glowing picture of 1984.3 Why should “1984,” the ultimate horror for Orwell, (p.25)

 Man seeks in 1984 this world of total controls, when the scientific planner becomes the new god of a new world. The world of 1984, however, is the old world of Satan, of the fall of man, of the temptation to “be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Gen. 3:5). It is the old world of the tower of Babel, perpetually doomed to confusion, destruction, and scattering. It is the world of Babylon the Great of Revelation the pretension of man to create a paradise apart from God. It is no brave new world, but instead the age-old doomed world of covenant-breaking man. This new tower of Babel, in process of construction, seems terrifying and imposing, but its collapse and disintegration will be even more awesome and impressive, for “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision” (Psalm 2:4). The world of the future shall be God’s world, and man in that world shall be only what the predestinating power and control of God intend him to be, for “Known unto God are all his works, from the beginning of the world” (Acts 15:18). (p.43)