The Philosophy of Murder

Review of Crime and Punishment by Fyodor DostoevskyBy PAUL D. MILLERCrime and Punishment may be the most theologically explicit and ambitious novel ever written.  It attempts nothing less than the conviction of nihilism and postmodernism for the sins latent within them, and the conversion of their adherents to Christianity. The books follows a young man, Raskolnikov, as he murders an old woman; is consumed by guilt; eventually confesses; and is exiled to Siberia.  He tells himself th … [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...]