The Inquisition Of The Inquisitor Essay

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Week 4 – The Inquisition of the Inquisitor I his book, The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky’s (1991) portraits the passionate conversation of two brothers who, despite being siblings offer very different perspectives on faith, God, and free will. According to our week’s outline, we learned that “Ivan is a hard-bitten atheist/agnostic, and Alyosha is studying for the ministry in the Russian Orthodox Church and is the disciple of a well-known saint” (Concordia University, n.d., para.15). While Alyosha’s conviction to God and the Church is self-evident, it is in Ivan’s poem, The Grand Inquisitor that that the reader gains insight into his paradoxical view of the relationship between God and man. Before one begins to understand Ivan’s poem, careful attention should be given to the conversation between Ivan and Alyosha that serves as the preamble to the story. During a discussion regarding the ability of a man to love his neighbor, Ivan depicts the innate cruelness of man stating, “Indeed, people speak sometimes about the ‘animal’ cruelty of man, but that it terribly unjust and offensive to animals, no animal could ever be so cruel as man, so artfully, so artistically cruel” (Dostoevsky, 1991, p.238). It is clear that Ivan sees man as not only lacking the capacity to care for another in genuine love, but that the nature of man is such that there is a “beast hidden in every man, beast of rage” (p.241). It appears to be Ivan’s position that man’s is the source of the cruelty…

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