February 23, 2010

"[Christian values] were under attack by the radicals of his day, who thought that society could be changed on the basis only of rational ideas. He objected to that. [T]he basis of morality...was fundamentally irrational in the sense that it had to come from...a belief in transcendental values which for him, as a Christian, were extremely important," says Joseph Frank, author of Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time.