Fyodor Dostoevsky has been hailed by many scholars as one of the most brilliant and important novelists of all time. His two most famous novels, Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, are routinely required reading in many high schools and universities across the United States. He also happens to have been a devoted Christian. Dostoevsky's Christian beliefs, however, have often been a subject of confusion or even criticism for many of his readers. In fact, this Russian Orthodox believer "has been to some extent co-opted into the service of an anguished agnosticism" and even into the "Death of God" movement (2). Yet in recent years, scholars have paid more attention to the role of faith in Dostoevsky's writings, and Rowan Williams, the Anglican archbishop of Canterbury, is among the best of them.
Jordan Easley is an M.Div. student at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, and a graduate of Wheaton College, Illinois.
Issue: "Zion" Nov./Dec. 2009 Vol. 18 No. 6 Page number(s): 51-52
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