Tim Keller & Dostoevsky

I have a thing for Tim Keller – a pastor from NYC.


He and his ministry challenges and inspires me like no other. I would like our ministry here at Kairos to hopefully (without emulating) — glean the best from what they do and try to put that into practice here in Hollywood.

Anyway, I read today again a talk he gave on “the why question in the face of relentless tragedies and injustices.”

He ended it with this quote:
Listen to how Dostoevsky puts it in Brothers Karamazov: “I believe like a child that suffering will be healed and made up for, that all the humiliating absurdity of human contradictions will vanish like a pitiful mirage, like the despicable fabrication of the impotent and infinitely small Euclidean mind of man, that in the world’s finale, at the moment of eternal harmony, something so precious will come to pass that it will suffice for all hearts, for the comforting of all resentments, of the atonement of all the crimes of humanity, of all the blood that they’ve shed; and it will make it not only possible to forgive but to justify what has happened.”


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