By Leo Tolstoy
A variety of non secular writings through nineteenth-century Russian author Leo Tolstoy, together with the name choice that records his 1879 religious obstacle in which he determined he had comprehensive not anything of lasting price in his lifetime; observed via an creation and explanatory notes.
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No doubt with government sanction the Church tried to silence him, intending to deflate his public esteem by excommunicating him. But they were wrong in assuming that the public would not question the expediences of the Church in spiritual matters, and their intention of damning Tolstoy fell flat; a tremendous sensation ensued and the already discontented populace saw in this act yet another example of political oppression. The commanding influence Tolstoy held over a substantial section of the Russian people fell somewhat into decline after the bloody events of 1905.
The decline of my faith occurred in the way in which it has always happened, and still happens, among those from our kind of background. It seems to me that in the majority of instances it happens like this: people live as everyone lives, but on the basis of principles that not only have nothing in common with religious doctrines but are, on the whole, contrary to them; religious doctrine plays no part in life, or in relations between people, neither are we confronted with it in our personal lives.
In order to achieve the fame and money for which I wrote I had to conceal what was good in myself and display what was bad. And this is what I did. Time and again I would contrive in my writings to conceal under the guise of indifference, or even of light-heartedness, those strivings for goodness which lent meaning to my life. And I succeeded and was praised. After the war,2 by which time I was twenty-six, I returned to St Petersburg and took up company with writers. They accepted me as one of them and flattered me.