Bertrand Russell’s Despairing Worldview

depressed Bertrand Russell’s Despairing WorldviewAn organic Christian society believes there is meaning and purpose to the order of the universe. A contrary view is held by modern thinker Bertrand Russell, who gave bleak expression to this unintelligible vision of the universe in 1903 in the following bleak passage:

That man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving; that his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and his beliefs, are but the outcome of accidental Subscription8.1 Bertrand Russell’s Despairing Worldviewcollocations of atoms; that no fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought and feeling, can preserve an individual life beyond the grave; that all the labors of the ages, all the devotion, all the inspiration, all the noonday brightness of human genius, are destined to extinction in the vast death of the solar system, and that the whole temple of Man’s achievement must inevitably be buried beneath the debris of a universe in ruins — all these things, if not quite beyond dispute, are yet so nearly certain, that no philosophy which rejects them can hope to stand. Only within the scaffolding of these truths, only on the firm foundation of unyielding despair, can the soul’s habitation henceforth be safely built (“A Free Man’s Worship,” in Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays [London: George Allen and Unwin, 1959], 47-48).