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Dostoevsky The Conflict Between Faith and Doubt Conflict between religious faith and doubt o Faith Positive, assenting belief in God Lends itself to an active love of mankind, kindness, forgiveness, and a devotion to goodness o Doubt Logical skepticism Pursuing the truth through logical examination of evidence leads to the rejection of God, conventional notions of morality, a coldness toward mankind, and a crippling inner despair Dostoevsky takes the side of faith – happier life than that of a life of doubt Doubt leads to chaos and unhappiness Incisive case against religion, the church, and God o Suggests the choice to embrace religious faith can only be made at great philosophical risk
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For reasons that defy a fully logical explanation The Burden of Free Will Argues that people have free will whether they wish to or not o People are free to choose to believe in God or not, to accept or reject morality, and whether to pursue good or evil Free will seems a blessing – guaranteeing the spiritual independence of each
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2011 for the course COLL-E 105 taught by Professor Evans during the Winter '08 term at Indiana.

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