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The Light Shines in Darkness [Kindle Edition]

Leo Tolstoy , Aylmer Maude , Louise Shanks Maude
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  • File Size: 152 KB
  • Print Length: 79 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082PXW96
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In this play in five unfinished acts, Tolstoy portrays the generally negative reactions of a man's family and friends to views that Tolstoy himself advocated. The man, Nicholas, rejects the notion that Christianity should be based upon blind faith and insists that religion must be rational. He feels that people should love one another, that this is the true basic message of Christianity, and therefore people should not volunteer for military service where people kill one another. He also contends that land belongs to everyone and that he must give up the thousands of acres that he owns to the peasants, leaving himself only the bare necessities for life. He knows the light that is shinning in the darkness of the world.
Nicholas agues with a priest about Christianity. He contends that the Church has perverted Christianity and is responsible for developing notions that are destroying the truth of Christianity. Contrary to the contentions of the Church, the Church does not preserve the truth. He shows the priest contradictions in the Bible that cannot be reconciled. He argues that the insistence of the Church upon certain ceremonies has divided Christianity into many groups, each with their own sacraments. He insists that humans are responsible for themselves and a Church should not think that it has a duty to direct and control human behavior. The priest agrees with Nicholas that what Nicholas says is reasonable, but insists that a Christian must accept Church doctrine based on faith.
Nicholas feels certain that once he explains about the military and about the rights of all people to all land, his wife will see the reasonableness of his position. She does not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tolstoy is a literary great February 17, 2014
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Another great read for any literature buff. The classics take you back to a different time in history that shows the beauty and difficulties of the time. Enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good lessons learned December 18, 2013
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Though the ending is based on Tolstoy's notes, I found it interesting seeing his thought processes, it was still fulfilling. I left the book with a new outlook in life and valuable lessons learned.
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Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) wrote two of the great novels of the nineteenth century, War and Peace and Anna Karenina.

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