Fyodor Dostoyevsky (11 November 1821 – 9 February 1881), a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher, was one of the great Christian thinkers of his time. The spiritual condition of Russia during his time is one of the themes that runs throughout his writings. His first novel was published when he was 25 years old, and he eventually had 16 novels and numerous short stories published.
Dostoyevsky consistently addressed religious, psychological and philosophical ideas in his writings. His works often explore difficult or troubling themes, including suicide, poverty, human manipulation, and morality. He was raised in a religious family and the marks of that are very evident in his fiction. There is some ambivalence in his writings regarding what some consider basic doctrines, but he is never afraid to address, explore, and consider any issue of concern to Christians. His fiction is a warehouse of deep thought that is clearly grounded in a life of faith.