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What I Believe

What I Believe by Leo Tolstoy
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"The inner working of my soul, which I wish to speak of here, was not the result of a methodical investigation of doctrinal theology, or of the actual texts of the gospel; it was a sudden removal of all that hid the true meaning of the Christian doctrine – a momentary flash of light, which made everything clear to me. It was something like that which might happen to a man who, after vainly attempting, by a false plan, to build up a statue out of a confused heap of small pieces of marble, suddenly guesses at the figure they are intended to form by the shape of the largest piece; and then, on beginning to set up the statue, finds his guess confirmed by the harmonious joining in of the various pieces." (Extract from Chapter 1)


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - August 31, 2013
Subject: Thought-Provoking, Very Well Narrated
Masterly work by Tolstoy on what Christ really taught and how this has been deliberately corrupted by the Church. David Barnes provides a very good narration.
Reviewer: - August 20, 2013
Subject: Truly thoughtful and meaningful look at Christianity
Tolstoy compares the plain meaning of how Christ said Man should live to the corrupt and self-interested version of His teachings that the Church has taught. I can't quite accept the idea that self-defense is ruled out by the injunction not to resist evil, but I have a better understanding thanks to Tolstoy's work. David Barnes is a wonderful narrator of the work.


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