Like "Atlas Shrugged" a century later, "The Brothers Karamazov" is not only a great novel that delves deep into the human psyche and the Russian soul, but it has been studied by political scholars. Dostoevsky came from an aristocratic family and served in the military, but gave up all that this promised him in the post-Napoleonic years to write full time.
The most telling section in "Brothers", in my view, is the conversation between Christ and the old priest during the Spanish Inquisition. This is very telling as it pertains to the "new" view of the Catholic church, a fallout of reformation, the Inquisition, and a re-thinking of Christianity. My feeling is that Islam would be well served and possibly saved if a modern Dostoevsky woulde emerge from its ranks.
When Christ forgives the evil old priest, a Satanic figure really, this is as true a view of real Christianity as any. The pomp and circumstance of Catholicism, the tortures and abuses, fade away in the blinding light of Christ's foregiveness and love. Bravo.
Causes Steven Travers Supports
Conservative, Christian, USC, American patriotism