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I can’t stand it when Rikitin is here.  That little billy goat makes my head spin with all his bleating about the “truth” of science and the “lie” of God.  Did you hear him telling Mitya that what we think of as our soul, as our most deep, most spiritual thoughts, are really just nerves trembling in our heads? (589)  Poor Mitya:  he was lost.  In the end, he felt sorry for God – because God’s been reduced to chemistry.  And if God is only chemistry, then man is doomed.  Because everything is permitted, even crime.  Nothing will hold the world together.  And we’ll have science to blame!   Rikitin and all the atheists should be shot.  Don’t you agree?

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