By Dostoyevsky, Fyodor; Dostoyevsky, Fyodor; Cassedy, Steven
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47 Thomas Mann was drawn to Dostoevsky, especially during World War I, and shared Freud’s admiration for his works. Late in his life, after he fled Nazi Germany and settled in the United States, Mann was invited to write the introduction to a collection of Dostoevsky’s short fiction in English translation. 48 But Mann in part was at the mercy of what by then had become a tradition in the West. He displayed the common reaction to the task of writing about Dostoevsky: a combination of fear in the face of perplexity, admiration for disordered genius, and an urge to see his own interests reflected in the Russian novelist’s works.
The history of reading him in the West obscured them even more. d o s t o e v s k y ’s r e l i g i o n through western eyes The West has always loved feeling perplexed about Russia, and no figure has inspired more perplexity than Dostoevsky. ” This is because, even in the West, people felt (rightly or wrongly) that they knew what Tolstoy believed. With Dostoevsky, they were often not so sure. Some sensed that religion was in some way an important element in his books, not to mention in his own strange personality.
10 I would expect many Christian believers to take great offense at the suggestion that the Savior is nothing more than an idea formed in human reason, that life conduct pleasing to God is nothing more than a principle, and that faith in the Son of God is nothing more than this principle. Finally, there is Kant on the New Testament. Let’s suppose we’ve decided to talk about the general idea of a revealed religion. We’re likely to want an example or two from history, since in order to make ourselves understood we would need to think of some actual cases to serve as examples.