Notable and Quotable

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Where his radical contemporaries anticipated a day of renewal after a night of destruction, Dostoevsky could spot nothing but darkness in the nihilistic dawn. He dealt with the subject in Demons in the early 1870s, but the book did little to calm his fears about the damaging power of persistent unbelief. As a result, he came to the writing of The Brothers Karamazov still filled with anxiety concerning the destructive power of nihilism over Russian culture and the Russian family. Dostoevsky took the collapse of the family system in particular to be the symptom of a deeper catastrophic loss of established values that had resulted from the sudden decline, among the educated, of faith in God and in Jesus Christ. In The Brothers Karamazov, the novelist set out to reaffirm explicitly Christian values by demonstrating "their linkage to the supernatural presuppositions of the Christian faith, which for Dostoevsky offered their only secure support."

-- Roger Lundin, Believing Again: Doubt and Faith in a Secular Age (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009), p. 155




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Posted May 30, 2009 at 11:48 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Athanasius Returns wrote:

Canon Harmon,

Thanks for this.  Very timely, indeed.  Unfortunately, this makes me want to spend money on Lundin’s book and buy a copy of Brothers too.

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