Over at Justin Taylor’s blog:
David Powlison talks about the role Dostoyevsky’s works can play in helping us understand sin and sanctification:
And here is J. I. Packer:
Dostoyevsky is to me both the greatest novelist, as such, and the greatest Christian storyteller, in particular, of all time. His plots and characters pinpoint the sublimity, perversity, meanness, and misery of fallen human adulthood in an archetypal way matched only by Aeschylus and Shakespeare, while his dramatic vision of God’s amazing grace and of the agonies, Christ’s and ours, that accompany salvation, has a range and depth that only Dante and Bunyan come anywhere near. . . . [H]is constant theme is the nightmare quality of unredeemed existence and the heartbreaking glory of the incarnation, whereby all human hurts came to find their place in the living and dying of Christ the risen Redeemer.
—The Gospel in Dostoyevsky: Selections from His Works (Orbis, 2004) vii.
I agree (and would add Jane Austen, Ralph Ellison, and C. S. Lewis as my co-favorite story writers). I previously noted Dostoevsky’s Christian Hedonism.
Jim Hamilton had this small note.
Peter Leithart on Dostoevsky is good, too, of course.