It was as if the weight of the prayers lifted somehow, something I call “calling in the cavalry” – an American term that means that we are joined by fighters on horseback who sit higher and see the battlefield more clearly and make the prospect of victory tangible.
What is philosophical materialism? To use Solzhenitsyn’s definition, it is the belief that man has no transcendent referent. “To such consciousness, man is the touchstone in judging and evaluating everything on earth . . . “