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Unformatted text preview: Also, by His rejection of earthly bread, Christ forced man to choose between security and something that is "exceptional, vague, and enigmatic. Thou didst choose what was utterly beyond the strength of men. Instead of taking possession of man's freedom, Thou didst increase it and burdened the spiritual kingdom of mankind with its suffering forever." Now each individual must decide for himself "what is good and what is evil, having only Thy Image before him." Had Christ truly loved mankind, He should have had more compassion and should have understood man's inherent weaknesses. The Grand Inquisitor explains then that he (the church) has compassion and understanding for man and has given him "miracle, mystery, and authority." The church tells man what to believe and what to choose and thereby relieves him of choosing for himself. At last man has a sense of security, to choose and thereby relieves him of choosing for himself....
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2011 for the course ENGLISH 1001 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.
- Fall '11