Title

One Big Thing: Dostoevsky on Suffering as the Path to New Life

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Presentation

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Kelly KramerFollow

Location

Jerry Falwell Library, Terrace Conference Room B

Start Date

11-4-2015 2:20 PM

End Date

11-4-2015 2:40 PM

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Apr 11th, 2:20 PM Apr 11th, 2:40 PM

One Big Thing: Dostoevsky on Suffering as the Path to New Life

Jerry Falwell Library, Terrace Conference Room B

After spending a whole semester reading and thinking about Dostoevsky, the main thing that has struck me about him is his treatment of the theme of suffering. Despite, and even through, his extremely complicated characters and events, he nevertheless focuses his novels, particularly Crime and Punishment, on presenting a nuanced yet unified picture of suffering. After a brief analysis of several of the relevant characters and plot points, his thoughts on what suffering does to and for the individual will be presented, and further explained in light of his own life and the teaching of the Russian Orthodox Church. In contrast to our culture’s almost idolization of suffering as an experience which gives one instant respect, authority, and a platform, Dostoevsky’s perspective is honest, informed, pragmatic, idealistic without being naïve, and thoroughly Christian.