The Terrible Fatalism of Gambling and the Providence of God

Richard Carstone in Charles Dickens’ Bleak House is a quintessential gambler. A promising young man who holds the heart of a lovely young lady, who is supported by a wealthy benefactor, and who is surrounded by well wishers, he is only in need of a bit of steady application. But in this he fails because he is … Continue reading The Terrible Fatalism of Gambling and the Providence of God

The Brothers Karamazov: Bigger Than the Enlightenment

Clearly, he does not understand the difference between comprehend and apprehend! In The Brothers Karamazov, I am reminded that Active Love is the essential calling of the faithful. Christian mysticism, the love of God and neighbor lived out day to day, is Dostoevsky’s answer to the problem of evil, isolation, and doubt. As children of the … Continue reading The Brothers Karamazov: Bigger Than the Enlightenment