The Grand Inquisitor

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Freedom, human nature, (religious) existentialism, anarchism, (non-)existence of God and their interrelations and tensions are all covered in Ivan’s poem in prose/ parable. The Brothers Karamazov (Dostoyevsky) was peculiarly prescient of the corruptive and hierarchical forces imposed in the Stalin years. The tensions between belief, un-belief and forces of rebellion for justice as well as political reaction and violence resonate with our drastic postsecular predicament.

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