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By P. H. Brazier,Murray Rae

As a author and prophet Dostoevsky used to be no educational theologian, but his writings are deeply theological: his existence, ideals, even his epilepsy, all had a job in producing his theology and eschatology. Dostoevsky's novels are riven with paradoxes, are deeply dialectical, and signify a feedback of faith, provided within the provider of the gospel. during this job he provided a profound realizing and portrait of humanity. Dostoevsky's novels chart the stream of the human into demise: both the circulate via paradox and Christlikeness into Christ's move (a soteriology usually characterised via the apophatic negation and self-denial; what we may well time period "the Mark of Abel") resulting in salvation and resurrection; or, conversely, the move of these who refuse Christ's invitation to be redeemed, and proceed to fall right into a self-willed demise and a self-generated hell (the Mark of "Cain"). This eschatology turns into a theological axiom which he unceasingly warned humans of in his mature works. Startlingly unique, stripped of all non secular pretence (some prostitutes and criminals may possibly simply have a greater realizing of salvation than many of the pietistic, prosperous, and cultured classes), Dostoevsky as a prophet forewarned of the politicized humanistic delusions of the 20th century: a prophet crying out during the wilderness.

"This is not only one other scholarly exegesis of Dostoevsky's theology. Paul Brazier's impeccable learn in actual fact places it during this type. His sharp, analytical brain takes in Dostoevsky's fiction, letters, diary, even his own annotations in his reproduction of the recent testomony to explicate Dostoevsky's 'theological anthropology,' a theology in response to the connection of God to humanity. The portrait of Dostoevsky that emerges from Brazier's paintings, via chosen anecdotes and dialogues of characters, is besides built and vibrant as Dostoevsky's personal Ivan Karamasov or Raskolnikov. it's a pleasure to read."
--Salwa Khoddam, Professor of English, Emerita, Oklahoma urban University

"Dostoevsky's later fiction stares unblinkingly on the actual depravity of human existence, yet still imagines a reaction formed through compassion and love. during this, he's a remarkably Christian, and relentlessly theological, writer. Paul Brazier does an outstanding activity of sifting and accumulating the theological subject matters in Dostoevsky's paintings, and exhibiting us the level of his figuring out of the gospel."
--Stephen R. Holmes, Head of college of Divinity, collage of St. Andrews

"An strangely lucid survey of Dostoevsky's significant fiction, written from a robustly theological viewpoint, it will be a most precious contribution to the examine of 1 of Europe's maximum Christian imaginations. There are arguments the following that may definitely impress debate, however the dialogue is cautious and good documented, and makes a true contribution to the examine of the subject."
--Rowan Williams, collage of Cambridge; writer of Dostoevsky: Language, religion and Fiction

An self sufficient theologian and student residing in London, P. H. Brazier holds levels in positive artwork (BA), schooling (MPhil), and systematic theology (MA and PhD). He has released largely in theology and philosophy, together with a five-volume systematic research of C. S. Lewis's theology.

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