Notes on Tolstoy’s “What I Believe”

Portrait of Leo Tolstoy by Nikolia Ge. Public domain.

Portrait of Leo Tolstoy by Nikolai Ge. Public domain.

During Lent 2015 I started reading some of Leo Tolstoy’s theological works. My intention was to write some notes about his ideas and my reactions each day during the Lenten season. However I reached a point in What I Believe, around Chapter 8, where I needed more than a day to process the astounding material and I had to break my daily writing streak. Having read A Confession and his final novel Resurrection in the past, I knew something of Tolstoy’s interpretation of Christ’s teaching on non-violence, but I was not sure what my own views were. So I started the series by attempting to sort out my preliminary thoughts  on that subject. This series is now a continuing project, one I plan to turn into a study guide. Look for new sections soon followed by commentary on The Kingdom of God is Within You.

Short Essays related to Tolstoy’s What I Believe, also translated as My Faith:


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