Essay on Dystopian Theology Of The Novel ' The Brothers Karamazov '

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Dystopian theology
"It is not the Church that turns into the state, you see. That is Rome and its dream … But, on the contrary, the state turns into the Church, it rises up to the Church and becomes the Church over all the earth..."(Dostoevsky 135). That is a quote from the book the Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky on the idea of combining the church with the government, into one being of both morale righteousness and law . What makes this quote even more interesting is that it is written by a Russian author in the 1880s, before the reality of the Soviet Union and turning the state into a church really meant. The combining of both religion and politics into an all-powerful government is a theme that surrounds most dystopian books in the early twentieth century. Both Brave New World and 1984 dealt with abandoning of Christianity as a moral authority over the people, as it was seen as a threat and dangerous to their society. Their books mirror the Soviet Union, a radical new nation at that time that prided itself as being an atheist nation where the government would overshadow religion. During this period in time of the early twentieth century there was a trend of questioning the status quo of society that certainly influenced dystopian writers. In dystopian novels, religion and Christianity is either seen as taboo or forbidden for the average individual to worship or to even know about. Dystopian novels did not come out of nothing, but through real world fears of…

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