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What Daniel Defoe Can Teach Us About Fate, Democracy & Faith

American society is a place where people believe in blind forces creating our world. For example, we explain the birth of the universe by appealing to the Big Bang’s Deus Ex Machina. We likewise describe the rise of life as a lucky game of dice by pure chance. We are increasingly at a loss to give a rational explanation for historic events such as the recent re-election of a seemingly unelectable figure, Obama. This confusion does not have to be our approach, given most Americans self-identify as Christians.

In fact, the biblical worldview offers a more complex, and intellectually persuasive explanation for the twists and turns of political and historical developments, as seen in the life and works of Daniel Defoe. He did not accept life was a random series of events without direction or meaning. Instead, he assumed a purpose in his life and work,refusing to ever compromise his religious principles. Defoe committed himself to engaging in the battles of his day, producing much excellent writing upon them.

Contra, our present society views life with cynical fatalism, similar to Eastern religions, as well as Islam’s reliance on kismet, or fate -- opposite the Bible. A proper appreciation of God’s sovereignty and will are  enriching to the human psyche under duress. An informed conviction on divine sovereignty is a beneficial response to life's disappointments. Given the near 80% of Americans who claim a Christian worldview, these ideas ought not be jettisoned for the unpersuasive claims of Eastern religions or Marxism’s blind, magically efficient forces. Instead, America must return to its first love if we are to have any hope for restoring our economic and cultural vitality which now seems just a distant memory.