The Brothers Karamazov

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Table One: Rebellion

Everyone at this table is buzzing over Ivan’s rebellious talk. They have heard atheists speak before, but Ivan declares himself a believer who rejects God!  One young man quotes Ivan, marveling: “I accept God, not only willingly, but moreover I also accept his wisdom and his purpose, which are completely unknown to us; I believe in order, in the meaning of life, I believe in eternal harmony, in which we are all supposed to merge, I believe in the Word for whom the universe is yearning, and who himself was ‘with God,’ who himself is God, and so on, and so forth, to infinity…It’s not God that I do not accept, you understand, it is this world of god’s created by God, that I do not accept and cannot agree to accept.”    A second man at the table is not impressed by Ivan’s outburst.  He responds:  “Why is this rejection of God’s world so much more blasphemous than to reject God altogether?”

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