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    DescriptionThis is an extraordinary book, which through the lens of Dostoevsky's novels enables the reader to consider the nature of God in the 21st Century - a societal landscape fraught with tensions and social inequalities.When an Archbishop of Canterbury takes time off to write a book about Dostoevsky, this is a sign of great hope and encouragement for The Church of England and for all those who seek God.The current rash of books hostile to religious faith will one day be an interesting subject for some sociological analysis. But to counter such work, is a book of the profoundest kind about the nature and purpose of religious belief. Terrorism, child abuse, absent fathers and the fragmentation of the family, the secularisation and the sexualisation of culture, the future of liberal democracy, the clash of cultures and the nature of national identity - so many of the anxieties that we think of as being quintessentially features of the early twenty first century and on, are present in the work of Dostoevsky - in his letters, his journalism and above all in his fiction.The world we inhabit as readers of his novels is one in which the question of what human beings owe to each other is left painfully and shockingly open and there is no place to stand from which we can construct a clear moral landscape. But the novels of Dostoevsky continually press home what else might be possible if we - characters and readers - saw the world in another light, the light provided by faith. In order to respond to such a challenge the novels invite us to imagine precisely those extremes of failure, suffering and desolation.There is an unresolved tension in Dostoevsky's novels - a tension between believing and not believing in the existence of God. In "The Brothers Karamazov", we can all receive Ivan with a terrible kind of delight. Ivan's picture of himself we immediately recognise as self-portrait. The god that is dead for him is dead for us. This Karamazov God of tension and terror is often the only one we are able to find. This extraordinary book will speak to our generation like few others.


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    Title
    Dostoevsky
    Subtitle
    Language, Faith and Fiction
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Rowan Williams
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 268
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781847064257
    ISBN 10: 1847064256
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC subject category V2: DSBF, DSK
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    B&T Merchandise Category: REL
    B&T General Subject: 690
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AGR
    LC classification: BV
    DC22: 891.733
    BISAC V2.8: REL013000
    Abridged Dewey: 242
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004240
    Thema V1.0: DSK, DSBF
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
    Publication date
    20 November 2008
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    The Rt. Hon. and Most Reverend Rowan Williams is Archbishop of Canterbury. He was formerly Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Oxford and Archbishop of Wales.
    Table of contents
    Preface; Introduction; 1. Christ against the Truth?; 2. Devils; 3. The Last Word? Dialogue and Recognition; 4. Exchanging Crosses: Responsibility for All; 5. Sacrilege and Revelation: the Broken Image; Conclusion; Bibliography.