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Justifying Suffering

March 24, 2011

We’ve been talking a lot about the problem of evil and suffering in a couple of my classes at DTS recently, and as I have been doing some reading on the subject, I came across this quote from Dostoevsky:

“I believe like a child that suffering will be healed and made up for, that all the humiliating absurdity of human contradictions will vanish like a pitiful mirage, like the despicable fabrication of the impotent and infinitely small Euclidean mind of man, that in the world’s finale, at the moment of eternal harmony, something so precious will come to pass that it will suffice for all hearts, for the comforting of all resentments, for the atonement of all crimes of humanity, of all the blood that they’ve shed; that it will make it not only possible to forgive but to justify all that has happened.”

Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
(emphasis mine)

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