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Even those who have renounced Christianity and attack it, in their inmost being still follow the Christian ideal, for hitherto neither their subtlety nor the ardor of their hearts has been able to create a higher ideal of man and of virtue than the ideal given by Christ.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, The Brothers Karamazov

If it were not for Christ's Church, indeed there would be no restraint on the criminal in his evildoing, and no punishment for it later, real punishment, that is, not a mechanical one such as has just been mentioned, which only chafes the heart in most cases, but a real punishment, the only real, the only frightening and appeasing punishment, which lies in the acknowledgement of one's own conscience.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Crime and Punishment

Christianity was true in so far as it had fostered beauty, and it had fostered much beauty. It was false in so far as it had fostered ugliness, and it had fostered much ugliness. It was therefore not a little true and not a little false; on the whole one might go farther and fare worse; the wisest course would be to live with it, and make the best and not the worst of it.

SAMUEL BUTLER, The Way of All Flesh

Christians. God's name makes them feel guilty.

JOHN UPDIKE, Rabbit, Run

It is not as a child that I believe and confess Jesus Christ. My hosanna is born of a furnace of doubt.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, The Brothers Karamazov

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