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Fyodor Dostoevsky foresaw how God would die

Not by closing the gaps in our knowledge of heaven and earth—in which God is increasingly found to have nothing to do—but via the progress of neuroscience, in which spirit is progressively vanquished from the skull. On page 41 of Steven Pinker’s … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: Fyodor Dostoevsky

From Notes from Underground : “I could not become anything; neither good nor bad; neither a scoundrel nor an honest man; niether a hero nor an insect. And now I am eking out my days in my corner, taunting myself … Continue reading

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Notes from Underground

Who will speak from the insistent vantage of the ontological mystery? Against the best efforts of our contemporary advocates of scientism, positivism, and reductionism, below is a succinct explanation for why religion, poetry, Dostoevsky’s “underground man,” and Camus’s “Sisyphian hero” cannot just cede the … Continue reading

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This Hans Holbein Painting of Christ after Crucifixion Sparked Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Imagination

While living in Bern, Germany, Fyodor Dostoevsky was mesmerized by the Hans Holbein painting below. Dostoevsky saw what the painting depicted as the pivot on which faith or unbelief must rest. One must either believe that God raised Jesus’s body from … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote this arresting passage in his short story, “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man”: [P]eople appeared who began devising ways of bringing men together again, so that each individual, without ceasing to prize himself above all others, might not … Continue reading

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“I Am the Great Oz!”: Image of Vladimir Lenin Doing a Wizard of Oz Head-Float Over Tractor and People

The Cult of Personality, in which a “Great Man” hovers larger than life over the masses and seems to embody their utopian aspirations. Long before Lenin, Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote this arresting passage (from his short story “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man”): [P]eople appeared … Continue reading

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