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October 12, 2006InquisitorKey idea: contrast 2 views of human nature and value of lifeowhat causes greatest human suffering is doubt, regret, guilt, and choices that will be inevitably wrong since we live in a world that is uncertain and where values conflict; we cannot see consequences of actions, deluded into believing things we shouldn’t believe; feel regret morallyowouldn’t it be better if we could be absolutely sure of what choices to make? if God had given us an absolute moral code and the will to follow it? then we would be certain of the rewardono agonies of choice, no world of uncertainty ocreate an authority who everybody believed and was absolutely certain; take confidence in the authority’s demandsochoose certainty and security over freedom and doubtoif we choose freedom, suffer regret of making wrong choicesochoose security, will not have regret, but will lose an essential part of being humanoour efforts matter and that things depend on choice; we can decide btw. right and wrongowe feel that our work is ours, that our efforts matter; to choose well is to choose badlyootherwise, we lose our own lives in exchange for that securityoto ensure security and certainty, convince ppl of an authority that knows oneed miracle, mystery, and authority omystery: just don’t question itoauthority: just listenomiracle: don’t understand how it will work out, but believe in miracle; believe in its poweropolemical way of seeing choiceoGI claims that he is with the devil; Jesus should have too, to free ppl from burden of choiceoDostoyevsky: fake Christianity; belongs not to Jesus, but to the Devilassoc. w/ Roman Catholicismosimilar to communism (God subtracted): give up freedom and believe in absolute truth in exchange for happinessoDostoyevsky imagining the best possible communism; could it be not the practice that is the problem, but the ideal?the more we suffer from insecurity, the more we run to someone who claims to have the answerwould it be a good choice if we could make it?owhy do we continually, willingly give away our freedom? part of human natureoGI: only a very small percentage of freedom can endure freedom; he is the only one who trulycares about humanity; Jesus only comes for the few; therefore he is the true ChristianParadox: true Christian betrays Christ; morality of the Devil; enemy of humanity is thelover of humanityoGI: did this for human happiness; challenges God to judge those he helpedowilling to go to Hell to help ease human sufferingoJesus gave life for good of humanity; GI ready to give his eternal life!! Therefore he will sacrifice more

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