Nikolai Fyodorovich Fyodorov

By Jin-yeong Yi

Leonid Pasternak - Nikolai Fyodorov

“How unnatural it is to ask, ‘Why does that which exists, exist?’ and yet how completely natural it is to ask, ‘Why do the living die?’”

—Nikolai Fyodorovich Fyodorov

If there is a Christian theist that I admire with little or no reservations, it would have to be Nikolai Fyodorovich Fyodorov (June 9, 1827 – December 28, 1903), the Christian who not only wished that all would be saved, but also dedicated his life to the realization of this dream here on Earth.

Fyodorov dreamed that the the whole world would one day unite to face a common foe: death. He dreamed that human ingenuity would one day uncover the means of resurrecting the dead, and that each generation would resurrect the generation that preceded it.

Although I find some of his ideas (such as the idea that a Russian tsar should assume rule over all nations) to be questionable, in my mind there is no nobler narrative for humanity than his vision of universal resurrection.

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