Appeared in Winter 2001, Vol. XXVI, No. 4
Two of the most prophetic novels of the twentieth century, Orwell’s 1984 (published in 1949) and Huxley’s Brave New World (published in 1932) depict the triumph of ideology against the wisdom of the ages and the perennial truths of the Judeo-Christian tradition. The revolutionary thought that occurs in these novels parallels the radical ideas espoused by supporters of the French Revolution and resembles the cataclysmic changes that have occurred in the culture wars and sexual revolution in the late twentieth century. In both 1984 and Brave New World, ideology supplants the moral wisdom of western civilization by altering the past, changing the structure of the family, and eliminating religion as a cultural force in society.
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