Dostoevsky's celebrated novel, The Brothers Karamazof, the last publication from the pen of the great Russian novelist, who died a few months ago, just as the concluding chapters appeared in print. Dostoevsky is beginning to be recognized as one of the ablest and profoundest among Russian writers. His characters are invariably typical portraits drawn from various classes of Russian society, strikingly life-like and realistic to the highest degree. The following extract is a cutting satire on modern theology generally and the Roman Catholic religion in particular. The idea is that Christ revisits earth, coming to Spain at the period of the Inquisition, and is at once arrested as a heretic by the Grand Inquisitor. One of the three brothers of the story, Ivan, a rank materialist and an atheist of the new school, is supposed to throw this conception into the form of a poem, which he describes to Alyosha—the youngest of the brothers, a young Christian mystic brought up by a "saint" in a monastery—as follows: —Ed.
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Know, then, that now, precisely now, these people are more certain than ever before that they are completely free, and at the same time they themselves have brought us their freedom and obediently laid it at our feet. It is our doing, but is it what you wanted? This sort of freedom? This is a chapter from one of my favorite novels, The Brothers Karamazov. Some friends already know about my unconditional love for Dostoyevsky's work. Anything I say is extremely subjective and ultimately forgett Know, then, that now, precisely now, these people are more certain than ever before that they are completely free, and at the same time they themselves have brought us their freedom and obediently laid it at our feet.
Anything I say is extremely subjective and ultimately forgettable. Anyway, it is preferable to read the entire novel so as to not only enjoy that gem, but to basically understand the characters' particular views.
The Lord and the inquisitor. Themes that—as someone who is always struggling in this small fragment of the world filled with fragile, ambivalent impressions—have been haunting one reader for many years now. We corrected your deed and based it on miracle, mystery, and authority.
And mankind rejoiced that they were once more led like sheep, and that at last such a terrible gift, which had brought them so much suffering, had been taken from their hearts. Assumptions, everywhere. Always the doubts. Always the fear. Ivan speaks. Alyosha, stunned. He comes for the chosen ones. The ones that will inherit the kingdom of God. The ones that amidst all the possible and impossible notions and mysteries that humanity cannot unveil, were chosen before they were even born.
He was always aware of their identities. Their acts, their benevolence, their purity of heart. He always knew. They were created to be saved. As for the rest of us, we are left wondering if fate can take a turn. If simple mortals can bend the rules of eternity and challenge the decisions of an omniscient being by behaving like devoted Christians—that would be one case, since the concept of paradise and its constant truth is deeply connected to geography.
Illusions of a mind that wonders if the unchosen ones can still create a path towards salvation. Many efforts have been made to reconcile the arguments of such delicate nature. And yet We have a game. A war. The last battle between predestination and freedom, before the hunting begins. You want to go into the world, and you are going empty-handed, with some promise of freedom, which they in their simplicity and innate lawlessness cannot even comprehend, which they dread and fear—for nothing has ever been more insufferable for man and for human society than freedom!
View all 18 comments. Shelves: god-religion-faith , read-only-cos-of-gr-friends , russia. It addresses the conundrum of an omnipotent and loving God allowing the existence of evil. Can it all be blamed on free will and the desire for happiness? It also contrasts institutional religion and warped theology with the simple faith Jesus taught.
Ivan imagines Jesus returning during the time of the Spanish Inquisition, in a story rich with New Testament parallels. There are occasional interjections from his brother, Alyosha. He restores the sight of a blind man, and raises a girl from the dead. He is told that he will be found guilty and burned at the stake the following day. The Inquisitor expects the crowd of Jesus' followers to support this just as Pontius Pilate turned the mood of the crowd.
By Francisco Rizi in Devilish Institution The Cardinal Grand Inquisitor, and by extension, the Catholic church, want to protect themselves, rather than allow the people to be free. He tempts Jesus, just as the Devil did in the wilderness, and mockingly quotes Jesus' words and actions, explaining why he was wrong not to do as the Devil suggested. Feeding them is enough. Earthly bread.
Not the bread of Heaven that Jesus promised. The Inquisitor fears the consequences of Jesus rather than the church having thousands of followers. Thou hast rejected all the three. The Inquisitor has a dark view of mankind and how to enslave them to the whims of the Church, willingly. Forgiveness can come from a kiss as well. View all 45 comments. Oct 16, Skylar Burris rated it it was amazing Shelves: classics , christianity. I have read this short story from the BK several times, and every time I read it, it moves me deeply.
It inspires me to reflect on the radical freedom offered by Christ, to sorrow for the weakness of man in feeling he needs to surrender his freedom to governments and religious institutions for bread and security and justification, and also to feel gratitude for the gentle, liberating love of Christ, which woos rather than demands.
Every time I read this story, it inspires a new question, a new c I have read this short story from the BK several times, and every time I read it, it moves me deeply.
Every time I read this story, it inspires a new question, a new concern, a new interpretation. In short, it makes me think. View 1 comment. Mar 16, Thewhitewhale rated it really liked it Shelves: russian-literature. Though this is indeed a great work of literature, it is important to remember that is part of a larger and even greater piece of literature. I am not a fan of only reading a single chapter out of a larger work as I believe a reader will be missing out on what the author is truly trying to say.
This is especially the case with this chapter. If you found this chapter captivating and extraordinary, I implore you to read the entire text of "The Brothers Karamazov".
The chapter, "Talks and Homilies F Though this is indeed a great work of literature, it is important to remember that is part of a larger and even greater piece of literature. The chapter, "Talks and Homilies From Father Zosima", reads like a sort of opposing argument from this particular chapter and it is, in my opinion, a more beautiful and hopeful chapter.
Furthermore, it truly cuts to the root of what Dostoyevsky is ultimately trying to convey in this novel, which is essentially that we, all of us, are responsible for the worlds sins and, as a result, the only way to atone and achieve happiness if that's even possible is through unconditional and christ-like love for humanity.
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SparkNotes is here for you with everything you need to ace or teach! Find out more. See Important Quotations Explained. As he walks through the streets, the people gather about him, staring. He begins to heal the sick, but his ministrations are interrupted by the arrival of a powerful cardinal who orders his guards to arrest Christ.