A Confession

A Confession

by Leo Tolstoy

In the course of the essay, Tolstoy shows different attempts to find answers on the examples of science, philosophy, eastern wisdom, and the opinions of his fellow novelists.

. finding no workable solution in any of these, Tolstoy recognizes the deep religious convictions of ordinary people as containing the key to true answers.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Rating: 4.08
  • Pages: 108
  • Publish Date: October 1st 2006 by Aegypan
  • Isbn10: 1598184717
  • Isbn13: 9781598184716

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none can give the answers that a slow eight year old couldn't give regarding the answers to the most basic questions: "why are we here?" "what is the meaning of life?" -- in the second section, the bearded coot describes his movement towards religion and, oops!, discovery that the church was horribly hypocritical... as one seriously afflicted with existential panic myself, it eases the pain, if only a little bit, to read this and know that, at the very least, we're all linked by fear and uncertainty and questions...

He resorts to science, philosophy, metaphysics and religious practices to learn the true meaning of life. The second part of the story describes the methods to which he ultimately resorts to find a comprehensible answer to his question on the meaning of life. In this part, Tolstoy describes how the Christian teachings (separate from Christian traditional practices of Orthodox Church) helped him to answer the question. And honestly I had a hard time accepting that the same genius mind was tortured to this extent after writing all those great masterpieces.

But once there he must challenge the authenticity of organized religions' manifest intolerances for each other, and decides he must now study all the scriptures, and promises another book which I have not seen.

Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays.