The Brothers Karamazov

I had to read this great work of literture in high school but blew it off and just bought the cliff notes.  I am now atoning for that sin.  The sin of cheating myself of such a marvelous book.  Some have said that Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “Brothers Karamazov is the greatest novel ever written.  While it is still to early for me to second this opinion I have already found it deeply profound and enjoyable.

Dostoevsky plumbs into the deepest questions of life in his novel as he tackles; the orgin of evil, nature of freedom, search for meaning, human nature and pshycology, and most important the existence of God.

Here is one line that has ruptured my thinking over the last day.

“Suffering is life. Without suffering what would be the pleasure of it?  It would be transformed into an endless church service; it would be holy, but tedious.”

I encourage you to pick this one up over the summer and enjoy.  While the book may be dense and consider a hard read, the reward is well worth it and given to those who willing.



3 Responses

  1. My favorite is the assessment of Christian Socialists. Basically, socialists are bad, but Christian socialists are to be loathed above all.

    I’ve been working on this one too. Great book!

  2. I caught that to Adam from Pytor and thought the line was great.

    Of equal interest was touching on atheistic socialism, and then drawing the similarities in how much it has in common with extreme secular liberalism of today.

  3. Dostoevsky can in no way be associated with conservative evangelicals in America. He was writing within a Russian context, where Christians were oppressed by the Communist regime. He would be equally appalled by the godless greed advocated by Ayn Rand, Hayek, Friedman et al. It makes you wonder why American evangelicals seem to give a pass to these equally wicked greed merchants.

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