By Tolstoy, Leo; Smith, Huntington; Tolstoy, Leo
'My Confession' is Tolstoy's chronicle of his trip to religion; his account of ways he moved from melancholy to the opportunity of residing; from unsatisfied lifestyles to 'the glow and energy of life'. It describes his non secular and philosophical struggles up till he leaves the Orthodox Church, confident that people observe fact now not by way of religion, yet via cause. the tale starts whilst on the age of fifty, Tolstoy is in quandary. Having chanced on no peace in artwork, technology or philosophy, he's attacked via the black puppy of depression, and considers suicide. His earlier existence is reappraised and located in need of; as slowly mild dawns inside of. 'As steadily, imperceptibly as existence had decayed in me, until eventually I reached the impossibility of residing, so progressively I felt the glow and power of lifestyles go back to me... I lower back to a trust in God.' here's a quest for which means on the shut of the nineteenth century - a time of social, clinical and highbrow turbulence, during which previous varieties have been below probability. Tolstoy appears round at either previous and new alike, and prefer the writer of Ecclesiastes, discovers that 'All is vanity'. His religious discoveries first take him into the palms of the Orthodox Church; after which strength his offended departure from it. 'My faith' includes on from the place 'My Confession' left off. Describing himself as a former nihilist, Tolstoy develops his assault at the church he has left. He accuses them of hiding the real which means of Jesus, that's to be present in the Sermon at the Mount; and such a lot sincerely, within the name to not withstand evil. For Tolstoy, it really is this command which has been such a lot broken through ecclesiastical interpretation. 'Not everyone,' he writes, 'is in a position to comprehend the mysteries of dogmatics, homilectics, liturgics, hermeneutics, apologetics; yet everyone seems to be capable and should comprehend what Christ acknowledged to the thousands of easy and ignorant those that have lived and live today.' here's Tolstoy's faith; and non-violence is at its center. Simon Parke, writer of the attractive lifestyles
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Uk ISBN 978-1-907355-23-3 eBook ISBN 978-1-907355-70-7 Religion & Spirituality Distributed in the UK by Lightning Source Ltd. Chapter House Pitfield Kiln Farm Milton Keynes MK11 3LW Distributed in the USA by Lightning Source Inc. 246 Heil Quaker Boulevard LaVergne Tennessee 37086 Translator’s Preface To one not familiar with the Russian language the accessible data relative to the external life of Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy, the author of this book, are, to say the least, not voluminous. His name does not appear in that heterogeneous record of celebrities known as The Men of the Time, nor is it to be found in M.
If my master says to me, “Go; cut some wood,” and I reply, “It is beyond my strength,” I say one of two things: either I do not believe what my master says, or I do not wish to obey his commands. Should I then say of God’s commandment that I could not obey it without the aid of a supernatural power? Should I say this without having made the slightest effort of my own to obey? We are told that God descended to earth to save mankind; that salvation was secured by the second person of the Trinity, who suffered for men, thereby redeeming them from sin, and gave them the Church as the shrine for the transmission of grace to all believers; but aside from this, the Saviour gave to men a doctrine and the example of his own life for their salvation.
How, then, could I say that the rules of life which Jesus has formulated so clearly and simply for every one how could I say that these rules were difficult to obey, that it was impossible to obey them without the assistance of a supernatural power? Jesus saw no such impossibility; he distinctly declared that those who did not obey could not enter into the kingdom of God. Nowhere did he say that obedience would be difficult; on the contrary, he said in so many words, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matt.