Biography of Religious Critic Feodor Dostoevsky

About the famous Russian religious critic Feodor Dostoevsky, history and information about the beliefs of the writer.


His Person: Russian novelist, who plumbed the psychological depths of the atheism of his day, and insisted that atheistic thought sprang from a hatred of the world as it is. The possibility of leading a meaningful life without God preoccupied much of his life and work. Met with a Fourierist study group as a young man and was imprisoned for subversive activity. Sentenced to death, he was suddenly pardoned while standing in front of the scaffold. Did 4 years of hard labor, where the only book he was allowed to read was the Bible. Prolific and much-acclaimed literary output. Was hailed at his death as a true patriot, Christian, and humanitarian. Wrote: The Possessed, Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov.

His Belief: "To recognize that there's no God without recognizing at the same time that you yourself have become God makes no sense."

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