Dostoevsky’s Hope


In CNY’s June 6 issue, Mary DeTurris Poust concludes her column by citing Dostoevsky: “Beauty will save the world.” And in Garan Santicola’s column, an image of one of Tolkien’s beautiful landscapes appeared. In contemporary American culture—in art, architecture, literature, fashion, music, film, etc.—all too often it’s ugliness, the antithesis of beauty, which pervades and leads astray.

The Church for 2,000 years has sought out the beauty in the world and in Christ, and has helped bring that beauty into culture and society. And that the current biopic on Tolkien barely mentions his faith and how it affected his art is maybe one reason why Dostoevsky’s hope in beauty is more needed now than possibly ever before.

Kenneth Reynolds


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