Five Solas


North, Millennialism And Social Theory, pp.13-14

North, Millennialism And Social Theory, pp.13-14

1. Eschatology and the Millennium

Gary North

Millennialism And Social Theory, Tyler, Texas: Institute for Christian Economics, 1990, pp.13-29

1. Eschatology and the Millennium
2. What Is Social Theory?
3. Covenantal Progress
4. Pessimillennialism
5. The Society of the Future
6. Time Enough
7. Denying God’s Predictable Sanctions in History
8. Historical Sanctions: An Inescapable Concept
9. The Sociology of Suffering
10. Pietistic Postmillennialism
11. Will God Disinherit Christ’s Church?
12. Our Blessed Earthly Hope in History
13. What Is to Be Done?
Appendix: The Lawyer and the Trust
For Further Reading


 [W]hat is the future of the idea of progress? Any logical answer must be that the idea has no future whatever if we assume the indefinite, prolonged continuation of the kind of culture that has become almost universal in the West in the late twentieth century. If the roots are dying, as they would appear to be at the present time, how can there be shrub and foliage? But is this contemporary Western culture likely to continue for long? The answer, it seems to me, must be in the negative - if we take any stock in the lessons of the human past. ... [N]ever in history have periods of culture such as our own lasted for very long. They are destroyed by all the forces which constitute their essence.
Robert Nisbet (1980) *1 (p.13)

 Nisbet’s words serve as both a warning and a prophecy, although he has never been a big fan of secular prophets. He has too much faith in the unforseen and unforeseeable events of history to take seriously the doctrine of historical inevitability. *2 But he believes that the West is today facing a major crisis, and at the heart of this crisis is modern secular man’s loss of faith in historical progress. The idea of progress has been at the heart of Western civilization, he believes: from the Greeks (a controversial assertion) to the present. Now this ancient faith is waning. The question is: Will it continue to wane? Where there is an if, there can be no inevitability. If this loss of faith continues, it will have terrible consequences for Western civilization. He does not believe that this loss of faith will continue, assuming that Western Civilization survives. But if it does persist, Western civilization as we know it today will not survive. (pp.13-14)


*1:Robert Nisbet, History of the Idea of Progress (New York: Basic Books, 1980), pp.355-56.

*2:Nisbet, “The Year 2000 and All That,” Commentary (June 1969). (p.13)