Dostoevsky and Christianity

Dostoevsky and Christianity

Yasuyuki Takahashi, The Russian Church under Persecution: 70 Years of Orthodoxy in an Atheistic State - What was the state of Christianity in the Soviet era?

The Soviet era may be difficult for those of us living in the modern world to imagine. Even for those who lived in the Soviet Union during the same period, information was limited, so they were able to learn about the actual situation only to a limited extent.

In such a situation, religion, which was a taboo subject under the Soviet regime, was a particularly secretive matter.

The relationship between the Soviet Union and the Russian Orthodox Church can be known only now that the Soviet Union has collapsed.

This book is a very valuable book to learn about this.

I think this book is a very significant work in terms of knowing Dostoevsky.

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Evdokimov, "Christ in Russian Thought" - Who is St. Tikhon of Zadonsk, the model for Bishop Tikhon of "Evil Spirit"?

As mentioned in the title, this work provides an overview of the history and thought of Christianity in Russia.

And what I appreciated most about the book was the presence of the commentary on St. Tikhon of Zadounsk.

This man is known as a major influence on the modeling of Bishop Tikhon in Dostoevsky's "Evil Spirits" and Elder Zosima in "The Brothers Karamazov.

The work also discusses Dostoevsky and the relationship of Christianity to Tolstoy, Gogol, and other leading figures in Russian literature.

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Roter, "The Unknown Pilgrim: The Memoirs of a Russian Pilgrim" - A recommended work to understand the spirit of pilgrimage that greatly influenced Dostoevsky.

This book is an excellent way to learn about the "Russian Pilgrimage," which had a great influence on Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. The book first appeared a few years after Dostoevsky's death in 1881, so he did not read it directly, but it does give us an idea of what the pilgrims in Russia at the time were taught to live under.

I was amazed many times when I read this piece.

I found a number of aspects of the methods of prayer and meditation discussed in this book to be very similar to what is taught in Buddhism. This is a wonderful work to learn about faith and prayer. I highly recommend this book.

Dostoevsky and Christianity

Powell, Yuichi Nakanishi, "Greek Orthodoxy and the Holy Mountain Athos" - The Unknown Orthodox Culture and the Holy Land of Greece

This book provides a clear explanation of the teachings of the Orthodox Church, which we do not know much about. The differences from Catholicism and Protestantism can be seen in this book, and you can also learn what the Holy Mountain of Athos is all about.

What is the life of prayer that has been followed for so long? What do the monks think about and what kind of life do they lead?

You will be amazed by the world you read about as you read more and more.

There are plenty of photos and it is very easy to visualize what the area looks like. This is another thing I appreciate about this book.

The author's narrative is also very easy to read and enjoyable, allowing you to learn about the unknown Orthodox Church.

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List of recommended commentaries on Dostoevsky and Christianity - Dostoevsky's religious views in his novels.

Dostoevsky and Christianity are inseparable.

When we think of Christianity, we tend to think of Catholicism or Protestantism, but Dostoevsky's faith was the Russian Orthodox Church.

When you read Dostoevsky with such background knowledge, you will see a completely different view of the novel's world from what you have seen before.

Knowing Christianity is very helpful in enjoying Dostoevsky.

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Justo González, "History of Christianity" - A recommended reference book for learning the general framework of Christian history!

The nuance of "Christianity is absolutely right and the pagans are wrong" is not present in this book in the first place. It is felt that the book tries to be as objective as possible in its viewpoint of why the events happened historically.

Also, this book is very interesting to read in the first place. Textbooks on the history of Christianity tend to conjure up images of stiff, difficult books, but Justo González's "History of Christianity" is different in more ways than one.

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Belyustin, "Life of a Russian Rural Priest in the Nineteenth Century" - A rural priest's plaintive cry lamenting the state of the Russian Orthodox Church in the nineteenth century.

The author, I. S. Belyustin (c. 1820-1890), was born into a family of Russian Orthodox priests and entered the priesthood himself.

This book is just so intense. You can hardly believe your eyes that the churches in rural Russia were in such bad shape.

The author then goes on to tell why this is so.

この本を読むことでいかにオプチーナ修道院が重要な場所であるか、ドストエフスキーにとってキリスト教というのはどういうものなのかということがより見えてくるような気がしました。