Atheism in Dostoevsky's the Devils
or The possessed 1872 |
Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoevski (1821-1881)
To realize that there is no God and not to realize at the same instant that you
have become God yourself--is an absurdity, for else you would certainly kill
yourself. I cannot understand how an atheist could know that there is no God and
not kill himself at once!
--cited in Vincent P. Miceli, The gods of atheism
(Arlington: New Rochelle, NY 1971) xiv-xv
see also Ivan's unbelief in the chapter
"the Grand Inquisitor"
in the Brothers Karamazov 1880