A Christian Looks At Horowitz’s ‘A Point in Time’


Reprinted from World Net Daily.

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One of life’s greatest blessings is watching a leftist figure things out. When the person also elevates us all by sharing newfound wisdom, it’s even better.

That’s just one reason David Horowitz is one of my favorite writers/thinkers. His elegant-but-deadly destructions of leftist thought have now melded with thoughtfulness in later life and make him one of the most compelling commentators of our time. His new book is a true triumph.

“A Point in Time: The Search for Redemption in This Life and the Next” is simply wonderful. It represents the musings of a man looking at his own mortality, wondering just what is the meaning of our existence.

Horowitz opens by describing the progressive thinking of his parents and his father’s atheism. His father seems to have believed in a hoped-for utopia of justice, but Horowitz remembers the irony of pulling a book from the family shelf and reading the realism of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. One can see that Horowitz was influenced by this, and presumably, after his formative years spent pursuing leftist policies and dreams, he came back to that realistic look at the sad old planet we inhabit.

It seems probable that Horowitz will not leave this life as his father did, still hopeful for a world that does not exist.

Some would say that this very slim volume by Horowitz is too dark, too morose. But I say that it is exhilarating. Listen to this: “Unlike my father, I do not look down my nose at the ancients but am impressed by their understanding of our case. How they were able to put a finger on the source of our distress: that alone among creatures we know our fate, and learn sooner or later that the world has no interest in it.”

Well. Although Horowitz’s new book will not meet with approval by all, particularly some conservative Christians, I ask that you give it a try.

For Horowitz’s ideological enemies today, I challenge you to give a nod to his courage in making himself vulnerable as he contemplates our lives as individuals. This is a man of great thought and feeling, and for one who has seen so much ideological savagery, he realizes what I believe to be basically a biblical truth: One day our arguments will not matter.

We learn halfway through the book that Horowitz has been forced to reflect on the meaning of life, due to his health concerns: diabetes and prostate cancer. But I don’t want to misrepresent the book. Horowitz does not share the hope many find in faith: “I wish I could place my trust in the hands of a Creator. I wish I could look on my life and the lives of my children and all I have loved and see them as preludes to a better world. But, try as I might, I cannot. And so I am left to ponder the pointlessness of our strivings on this earth and to ask impossible questions and receive no answers.”

Horowitz, you see, shares more in common with a man who has lost a daughter – because he has – than some of history’s figures he marvels at, men of faith like Mozart and Dostoevsky. He wants to believe in something greater than himself, but he struggles with the questions asked of all men since the species first appeared on the earth.

At the end of this wonderful book, Horowitz says: “My steps have slowed and my passions are dimmed.”

I hope not, because the world could use a thinker like David Horowitz. Interestingly, the last pages of “A Point in Time,” he points to a mystery that I think is a key to understanding everything, and I think the reader will pick up on what I mean. I hope Horowitz is able to pull that veil back enough to see that there is a world to come.

I dare say “A Point in Time” is a modern version of the book of Ecclesiastes, with observations that are particularly relevant for us in our time. You will not be disappointed if you dare to think deeply by reading this profound little book; I honestly believe “A Point in Time” will be good for you.

Let me end this review by saying something that a few of my friends might consider blasphemous: Horowitz has figured out a good bit of life, late in life – and he’s done it as well as Solomon.

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  • Chezwick

    I enjoyed 'A Point In Time'….every bit as much as 'The End of Time'. David has the knack, or better put, the capacity, to induce a great deal of introspection in his readers….or at least he has THIS reader. He's asking the great questions that bedevil all of us in our quiet time…the questions we ask when we're alone, when we're hurting, when we're waxing philosophically over our victories and defeats, when we're marveling over the love in our lives, love that doesn't necessarily correlate to what's deserved.

    David refuses to believe in a "personal God", but goes on to express earnest admiration and appreciation for those who do. Such is the complexity of the man. If 'The End of Time' and 'A Point in Time' reveal anything about him, it's that he's wise enough to know that he's not privy to the intent behind creation.

    If only all of us were similarly as wise….we wouldn't be so busy running around, chasing unicorns.

  • http://twitter.com/theoprinse @theoprinse

    Religion like Christianity is a hisistorical set of values written at the end of the first century C.E against despotic governance as the Roman Empire had become.
    The early christian community was underground and inspired by jewry of those days.
    The underground movement of the Christians was strenghtened by the republican Roman nobelty in their political desire for a republic oposite to the Empire.
    When the polytheistic empire finally became chirstian the Christians lost because Christianity became imperialistc itselves.
    Then in 1517 under suspicious political circumstance Marten Luther introduced what became lutheran Protestantism.
    Together with Calvinist protestantism it broke the imperialistic power of the Roman (Catholic) Church.
    However Marten Luther in the German Bauern Krieg then supported the feudal lords against the North German farmers and in the Netherlands some decades later the protestant monarchistic family of Nassau-Dillenburg-Orange instigated murder of the religious tolerant founders of the young Dutch Republick prime ministers Johan van Oldenbarnevelt and Johan de Witt and chief of the Dutch navy Cornelis de Witt.
    This protestant King Billy made protestantism extreme and brought a Glorious Revolution over England and squandered Dutch economic interests to the British imperialists.
    So the Dutch were under the Catholic Spanish monarchy (Reyes Catolicos) and then the Dutch fought for a tolerant half protestant half catholic Republic and then the extremists of Orange forced a Protestant monarchy upon the Dutch and suppressed the catholic half of the Netherlands (Belgium) and destroyed the great Republic of the United Netherlands.
    That is why religion has little value for me. The top structureis always political and not moral what it should be. They became torturers, warmongers and pedophiles form boith the extreme Royal protestants as well as those in the Vatican.
    The islam is not a religion being a set of moral peacefull vales. Islam constitutes a murderous military doctrine to establish a wolrd dictatorship with the sharia as the only point of reference.

  • sidney

    Thank God He is not religious. All those people mentioned are just flawed human beings abusing the power, wealth or whatever else they accumulate in order to ascert their wills. Humanity is mereley heading toward his selfmade destruction, where God will save us from ourselves. We just have to learn the hard way before we get there. Davids fate is secure in the hands of God, he just doesnt know it for sure. Christ paid the price for our sins, whilst we were still sinners. God is Love, He cannot be anything else. Look at Christ, you see God, you see Love.

  • Abigail

    Horowitz and Bonhoeffer are two of my favorite heroes. I'm reading through Bonhoeffer's "Ethics" now; and I pray David is delivered safely through the "penultimate" into the "ultimate" in his search for Reality before his time to choose runs out. He's got the ancestry and that's a good beginning, but hopefully he will be able to follows the symbols of his inherited faith to it's ultimate conclusion in Jesus Christ. I'd sure like to spend some time listenting in to their conversations in eternity. They'd make great friends for sure.

    • A 23 Year Old Man

      Seconded.

  • Watermelonbeast

    David has said that “A Point in Time” was the most difficult book that he has ever written. I know of few other people that have exposed their souls and analyzed their lives to that extent that David has in his writings. David is an apostle of truth not only in scouring the history of his own life but also in speaking prophetically to our history, culture and the state of the world. He is fighting for the lives of those oppressed by the evil and tyranny of false ideologies and for the future of our children and our nation. Although he claims to be “agnostic,” he has said on at least one occasion that,” if there is a God,” God must have been working to orchestrate a certain set of events. My hope is that David comes to trust what he has already sensed God do in his life as it is readily apparent to many of those around him.

    May God bless you and protect you David!!

  • Jeff Ludwig

    By June I'll be coming out with a new book Memoir of a Jewish American Christian, Vol. 1. Perhaps it will be of help to Mr. Horowitz and others like him. Like him, I grew up in an atheistic Jewish home, albeit not one as far left as Mr. Horowitz'. Like him, I was drawn into counter-culture anti-establishment thinking, and I also consider myself an "intellectual." So, I've walked a mile in his footsteps, yet the memoir goes back to ten years of my childhood which are refracted through the prism of faith. Those of us who love Mr. Horowitz and are so so grateful for his contributions and speaking directly into our lives on the really important issues of our time want him to get through this time of brooding and reflection and waning health, and find a more joyful reality. God bless you Mr. Horowitz. I love you like a brother even though we never met.

  • DebbieOhio912

    Who would know better about the Left than one who has literally been in the center of it all? This is why I trust David Horowitz when he talks about the goings-on in the progressive world. I give him much credit for being able to swing 180 degrees and becoming a beacon of light for conservatives. I pray one day he will find comfort in knowing there is a world beyond this one.

  • Rita

    Although I have yet to read A Point In Time, as a result of this excellent review and comments, I am looking forward to it. The first book I read of Mr. Horowitz was Radical Son. I was captivated by the honest analysis of his background growing up and the events of life that he experienced which led to his rejection of Marxism. Having read Witness by Whittaker Chambers years before, I was struck by the same unfolding of eternal truth that the meaning of life was beyond human thought. The comparison struck me that both men had an illuminating experience which started them on a different path, Chambers when he observed the design of his child’s ear which awakened in him the thought that such intricacy had to be by design, not just an accident of nature, and David Horowitz when reading from the book of Genesis realized that one of the basic tenets of Marxism was a denial of the sinful nature of mankind. I have greatly admired David Horowitz and pray that God may bless him with His peace.