Preluding his views on religion

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Preluding his views on religion, Ivan announces that he has a strong desire to live. He loves life even  though he finds it illogical. Such an acknowledgement of a love of living is important because Ivan,  with a philosophy seemingly nihilistic, might too easily be categorized as a suicidal cynic. Ivan is  morally much stronger and is deeply committed to the business of living. Both brothers, Ivan and Alyosha, agree that "for real Russians the questions of God's existence and  of immortality . . . come first and foremost and so they should." In its largest context, this is the  subject of the novel. These ideas are central not just to the characters but to an understanding of  Dostoevsky's entire point of view. Ivan surprises Alyosha by announcing, "perhaps I too accept God," reminding his brother of the  saying, "If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him." For Ivan, the astonishing factor of 
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