Ebook The Coffee House of Surat The Majestic Popular Formats Leo Tolstoy

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This short story is about ecumenism, tolerance and arrogance. At least that is how I see it.
You can read this story and many other great works online, on your kindle, free of charge because they are in the public domain, their copyright has expired. You can go to the Gutenberg project, or even find audio versions of many books at the Livrivox site, for instance.
http://www. This short story is about ecumenism, tolerance and arrogance. At least that is how I see it.
You can read this story and many other great works online, on your kindle, free of charge because they are in the public domain, their copyright has expired. You can go to the Gutenberg project, or even find audio versions of many books at the Livrivox site, for instance.
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At this point in life, I am an atheist, but I may end up as the father-figure in Brideshead Revisited and turn into a devout Catholic, on my death bed.
Tolstoy starts his plot with a Persian theologian, who asks the ancient question:
"do you think there is a God, or not?"
"Of course there is," said the slave, and immediately drew from under
his girdle a small idol of wood.
"There," said he, "that is the God who has guarded me from the day
of my birth. Every one in our country worships the fetish tree,
from the wood of which this God was made."
This was the answer of an African slave...
From here on, we have a bitter dispute between different points of view, various religious doctrines, with a Brahmin’s view:
"Miserable fool! Is it possible you believe that God can be carried
under a man's girdle? There is one God--Brahma, and he is greater
than the whole world, for he created it. Brahma is the One, the
mighty God, and in His honour are built the temples on the Ganges'
banks, where his true priests, the Brahmins, worship him. They know
the true God, and none but they. A thousand score of years have
passed, and yet through revolution after revolution these priests
have held their sway, because Brahma, the one true God, has
protected them."
The argument was continued by a Jew:
"No! the temple of the true God is not in India. Neither does God
protect the Brahmin caste. The true God is not the God of the
Brahmins, but of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. None does He protect
but His chosen people, the Israelites. From the commencement of the
world, our nation has been beloved of Him, and ours alone. If we
are now scattered over the whole earth, it is but to try us, for God
has promised that He will one day gather His people together in
Jerusalem. Then, with the Temple of Jerusalem--the wonder of the
ancient world--restored to its splendor, shall Israel be
established a ruler over all nations."
And so it goes on:
“Each man wants to have a Special God of His Own”
Of course there is wisdom, apart from foolishness:
If we would look at the heavens instead of the ground we would understand and no longer suppose that the sun shines for us and our country alone”

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