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Paul Larkin

Chroniclers are privileged to enter where they list, to come and go through keyholes, to ride upon the wind, to overcome in their soarings up and down, all obstacles of distance, time and place.
Charles Dickens - Barnaby Rudge, Chapter The Ninth

Where Christ is concerned. I’m with the “heretic” Dostoevsky – a thought for Easter

Dostoevsky (Nov. 1821 – Feb. 1881) - man cannot live by reason alone

The great Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky once said that if it were proven beyond doubt that Jesus of Nazareth had simply been an ordinary mortal, he would still opt for Christ and his message of love, humility and forgiveness. His message that not even the most base and foul human being is beyond redemption. That only love and faith in humanity and not rational argument can drive out our demons.

Likewise, I have no idea whether the miraculous resurrection of Christ’s dead body, which Christians celebrate at this time of year, actually took place. My upbringing and faith tells me it did and my human powers of reason tell me that this is simply impossible. But I’m still with Dostoevsky where Christ is concerned. More than anything, the reason why I find such resonance in Dostoevsky’s fierce commitment to Jesus’s life and legacy is because of three novels written by him – Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov and Demons.
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