The Brothers Karamazov

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Saint #4

Yes, brother, you speak well about the folly of looking to miracles to establish faith.  In the absence of a clear miracle, the weak lose their faith and turn to apathy – or to science.  You hear what Father Paissy said to Alyosha:


“Remember, young man, unceasingly… that the science of this world, having united itself into a great force, has, especially in the past century, examined everything heavenly that has been bequeathed to us in sacred books, and, after hard analysis, the learned ones of this world have absolutely nothing left of what was once holy.  But they have examined parts and missed the whole, and their blindness is even worthy of wonder.  Meanwhile the whole stands before their eyes as immovably as ever, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (171).


Do you not agree that the impulse to replace God with science is blind, terrible, destructive folly?

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