What I Believe cover

What I Believe

Leo Tolstoy

1. 00 - Preface and Introduction
2. 01 - Chapter 1
3. 02 - Chapter 2
4. 03 - Chapter 3
5. 04 - Chapter 4
6. 05 - Chapter 5
7. 06 - Chapter 6, part 1
8. 07 - Chapter 6, part 2
9. 08 - Chapter 7
10. 09 - Chapter 8
11. 10 - Chapter 9
12. 11 - Chapter 10
13. 12 - Chapter 11
14. 13 - Chapter 12

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Summary

"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)

Reviews

BarryD

- 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.

Barry D

- 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.