The Grand Inquisitor

Finally, on the matter of silence by way of an example:

The following video is a dramatization of one of the most dangerous passages penned by the human hand. If you do not discern the knife blade at the throat of eternity while watching this video, perhaps it is for the best. Even though I love Dostoevsky, I rarely encourage people to read his works. It is too easy to forget that the medicine for a man suffering from an iron deficiency could, if given to another, poison his life.

But such as it is, I offer it here. Set aside some time and a clear mind, this is not one for viewing as a chance encounter. If it does you more harm than good, forgive my poor judgment.

I do not like the special effects at the end of the production, but such is my gratitude at the rest that this is easily forgiven.

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4 thoughts on “The Grand Inquisitor

  1. I adore Dostoevsky’s fashions of speaking of our struggles to hide from ourselves.

  2. I suppose good therapy is coming to terms with our illusions and learning to live beyond them. I admire Dostoevsky for wrestling the bear to the ground, but I don’t recommend him despite my admiration because peeling away the layers can be a damaging process if not handled carefully. Sometimes he uses a dagger where a scalpel would perhaps be as effective and less traumatizing.

  3. I have a bit of trouble with the thought experiment here, because it is so deeply ingrained into me that when Christ comes again it will not be as the suffering servant, as he was the first time, but rather as the triumphal king of glory. When I can force myself to just ignore that and enter into the hypothetical merely as a hypothetical, this becomes very powerful.

    I love how deeply it exposes that the True Church does not, cannot seek to diminish our free will, but must absolutely celebrate it in spite of the sin that it causes.

    I also love that it exposes that Truth cannot come to a human person through disputation, logic, reason, debate, or intellect, but through revelation into the heart. On the one hand the special effects are a bit of a shame, but on the other hand, in the visual (rather than written) form, they ensure that a potentially ignorant audience understands what is really happening in that kiss.

  4. I believe this is why some call Christianity the end of religion. That revelation comes to the heart hypostatically (to use a theological 25cent word), that is, personally. Our experience of the resurrected Christ transforms our mind to enable the contemplation of the divine. Our fits and strivings apart from that experience are in vein.

    The critical message of this and the subsequent chapters is that there is no answer for the accusations of the intellectual man. There is only the life of the elder Zosima. There is only the experience of Christ. There is only the loving kiss.

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