Dostoevsky: A Theological Engagement

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    As a writer and prophet Dostoevsky was no academic theologian, yet his writings are deeply theological: his life, beliefs, even his epilepsy, all had a role in generating his theology and eschatology. Dostoevsky''s novels are riven with paradoxes, are deeply dialectical, and represent a criticism of religion, offered in the service of the gospel. In this task he presented a profound understanding and portrait of humanity. Dostoevsky''s novels chart the movement of the human into death: either the movement through paradox and Christlikeness into Christ''s cross a soteriology often characterized by the apophatic negation and self-denial; what we may term "the Mark of Abel" leading to salvation and resurrection; or, conversely, the movement of those who refuse Christ''s invitation to be redeemed, and continue to fall into a self-willed death and a self-generated hell the Mark of "Cain". This eschatology becomes a theological axiom which he unceasingly warned people of in his mature works. Startlingly original, stripped of all religious pretence some prostitutes and criminals might just have a better understanding of salvation than some of the pietistic, wealthy, and cultured classes, Dostoevsky as a prophet forewarned of the politicized humanistic delusions of the twentieth century: a prophet crying out through the wilderness.

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    Number of Pages: 216
    Format(s): Paperback - ISBN: 9780718895365
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    Listed in: c 1800 to c 1900, Christian theology
    Publisher: Lutterworth Press

    Books by P.H. Brazier

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