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Faith, Freedom, and Philosophy in Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov

Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov is widely considered to be one of history’s greatest novels. This course will help you appreciate the joy and benefits you can derive from reading the West’s greatest novels by beginning with one of the absolute best. Written in the face of the West’s greatest intellectual crisis, this late-nineteenth-century work takes on nihilism and atheism with a philosophical tour de force addressing perennially great questions: What is true religion? How do we know that there is a God? Why do the innocent suffer? What path should we choose if we must take either between dysfunctional freedom or prosperous authoritarianism? Why do we have the propensity to commit evil and what ought we to do about it? And finally, how can we love others and love God properly? We will address these questions and many more as we journey through this classic page-turner. At the end, you will have a better understanding of how your religion is responsible for your culture and how your culture is responsible for your religion.

Takes place Thursdays, 1:30-2:45 PM

Nov 10, Dec 1, Dec 8, Jan 5, Jan 19, Feb 2, Feb 16 (Make Up Class)

In Person: Nov 4, Dec 30, Feb 10

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