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Today’s cultural division has its roots in French Revolution, author Os Guinness says

The Christian worldview upon which the United States was founded is quickly disappearing, according to noted author Os Guinness.

The current division in the United States ultimately stems from a difference between those who look at freedom from the perspective of 1776 and those who define freedom by the perspective of the French Revolution and its heirs, he said.

“Through the invention of printing and the power of the Reformation, the 17th century was called the ‘biblical century’ and the great model was the Hebrew Republic from the book of Exodus,” Guinness said.

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While describing the American Revolution as “largely but sadly not fully biblical,” Guinness said the French Revolution of 1789 was “expressly anti-biblical, anti-Christian, anti-religious and anti-clerical. That hostility to religion, and certainly to the Christian faith and the church, has been a characteristic of the French and the Russian and the Chinese [Revolutions] ever since. The French Revolution lasted 10 years only, and then in came Napoleon. But like a huge volcanic explosion. the lava, as it were, of the revolutionary faith has flowed out ever since then.”


Guinness traced the ideological progression of the French Revolution, tying it to the rise of nationalism in the 19th century and revolutionary socialism in the 20th century. In the 21st century, this developed into cultural or neo-Marxism and critical theory, which involved a long march through the institutions to enact radical social change. This long march involved 1960s radicals gradually taking over colleges and universities, the media, and the world of entertainment and Hollywood, and from there achieving cultural dominance as the gatekeeper class.

“And of course, a little over 50 years later now, we can see they won,” Guinness said. “Ideas like political correctness, postmodernism, tribalism, sexual revolution and things down currently to the rage for socialism. All of those ideas go back to the heirs of the French Revolution, and they have nothing to do with the American Revolution and its biblical roots.”

Guinness’ remarks were part of a Colson Center online event called “Truth. Love. Together.”

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice