"God forgive us:" The Cloud of Broken Witnesses

"God forgive us:" The Cloud of Broken Witnesses

In his thrilling novella, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson paints the inescapable tension between good and evil in the human spirit. Frankly, that by itself is a pretty good summary of his theme. But, there is more to be said about what he implies concerning human desires and the remedies we can find for them. He doesn't leave us entirely in the dark when it comes to where salvation lies.

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A Reason for the Pain: Dostoevsky's Answer to the Problem of Pain in The Brothers Karamazov

A Reason for the Pain: Dostoevsky's Answer to the Problem of Pain in The Brothers Karamazov

“In sorrow, seek happiness.”  So says Father Zossima in The Brothers Karamazov, Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky’s literary homage to the problem of pain and suffering.  A murder mystery extraordinaire, this novel traces the history of one Ivan Karamazov, eldest brother of the Karamazovs and an intellectual humanist.  Frustrated by the problem of evil and its implications regarding the nature of God and His posture toward man, Ivan conceives of atheism as a kind of work around.  He reasons that if there is no God, then there is no supreme moral law and no eternity. 

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