The Aeneid

Review of the Aeneid by VirgilBy PAUL D. MILLERReading Homer feels like spending time with a rustic, patched-together story. Homer matches odds and ends of an oral tradition that weaves various memories into a grand story about the olden times of courage and sacrifice. Virgil, by contrast, is a dictator’s propagandist. The Aeneid is much more coherent and smooth than the Iliad or Odyssey, but it is also told for a very different reason. Homer pointed back to heroes and their flaws to show f … [Read more...]

Dostoevsky and Sandusky: The Christian Anthropology of The Brothers Karamazov

Review of The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor DostoevskyBy JUSTIN HAWKINS “See, this alone I found, that God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes.” – Ecclesiastes 7:29 “Two extremes, gentlemen of the jury, remember that Karamazov can contemplate two extremes and both at once.” –Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov Reinhold Niebuhr begins his masterful Nature and Destiny of Man with the concise and penetrating observation that “man has always been his own most vexing probl … [Read more...]

The Brothers Karamazov

By PAUL D. MILLERThere are some books that, when you finish, you think, “How did I go through life so long without reading this book?”These are the books that strike you, often in a way you cannot immediately articulate, but remain with you for years. I found The Brothers Karamazov to be such a book. After I finished this book I could barely speak a coherent sentence—I had so many things to say but could hardly get a grasp on any one of them. The thoughts that this book inspires—(inspires is … [Read more...]