The Grand Inquisitor Essay

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The third and last "torment" of humanity is the need for "universal unity," for the union of all in a "common, harmonious, and incontestable ant anthill.... " The Inquisitor avers that the human yearning for order will not be satisfied by the idea alone of an ultimate good, even when this idea is provided in conjunction with earthly bread, for human beings need also to give a practical living expression to the object of their belief, and they need to do so in unity with others. The unity sought is ultimately universal, for the co-existence of differing ideas of life tends to undermine the certainty of those who live by them. For the Inquisitor the human need for a universal order is not to be satisfied by the appeal (which Christianity, for instance, has made) to a universality which is "spiritual" in nature. The universality for which humanity has...

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