In “A Confession” the famed Russian author/philosopher Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828–1910) once observed that “a man could live for ten or twenty years without once remembering that he is living among Christians and is himself reckoned a member of the orthodox Christian Church.” These words were first published in 1884, but, in my view, they could have been taken from today’s news.
Tolstoy subsequently describes a personal lapse from faith. He stated that what occurred in his life was common for people of his level of education. He said it happened as follows:
…a man lives like everybody else, on the basis of principles not merely having nothing in common with religious doctrine, but generally opposed to it; religious doctrine does not play a part in life, in intercourse with others it is never encountered, and in a man’s own life he never has to reckon with it. Religious…
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