Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Grace Effect

There is a wonderful book that I need to recommend. It is called The Grace Effect: How the Power of One Life Can Reverse the Corruption of Unbelief by Taunton.

The book is the wonderful story about a family working to adopt a young, special needs girl from a children's home in the Ukraine.  The story tells of their challenges in getting approval from the Ukrainian bureaucracy to complete the adoption and move to the US. That part of the story is hard to read as they are faced with one difficult challenge or roadblock after another.

The most interesting parts of the book are the parts that reflect upon the impact of christian influence on a society. Does a society that is heavily influenced by a christian heritage and worldview behave differently? A few quotes are in order:

THERE IS A SIMPLE MEANS FOR DETERMINING THE GOODNESS of any society, and it is not found in economic or political terms. It is in this: how do they treat their poor, their widowed, and their orphaned?
What Hitler did not believe and what Stalin did not believe and what Mao did not believe and what the SS did not believe and what the Gestapo did not believe and what NKVD did not believe and what the commissars, functionaries, swaggering executioners, Nazi doctors, Communist Party theoreticians, intellectuals, Brown Shirts, Black Shirts, Gauleiters, and a thousand party hacks did not believe was that God was watching what they were doing. And as far as we can tell, very few of those carrying out the horrors of the twentieth century worried overmuch that God was watching what they were doing either. That is, after all, the meaning of a secular society. 
when atheism is adopted as a worldview at a societal level, be it passively or actively, its effect on that society is detrimental. The point is beyond dispute. The greatest horrors the world has ever known have been perpetrated by secular regimes in the Soviet Union, China, Germany, North Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam—and the list goes on.
They[new atheists] rail against the Christian God in the full knowledge that his followers are bound by principles—principles upon which these bloodletters presume. “Only a Christian culture could produce a Voltaire or a Nietzsche,” T. S. Eliot observed. Indeed, only a Christian culture could produce a Richard Dawkins or a Peter Singer. How long would they last in, say, Iran, were they to denounce Allah? Or in atheistic North Korea... were they to speak against the government? Not long, I assure you. In this sense, they acknowledge Christianity’s beneficence if only unwittingly. 

This is a very interesting series of thoughts and the story of the family adopting the child is very telling. I urge you to take a look.


  1. Oooh, I want to read this. Will it make me want to adopt an orphan because Andy is kind of sick of me reading books like that :)

  2. Disclaimer: this blog is not responsible for adoption decisions or any decisions related to pets, the stock market, the weather or window coverings.