Can somebody please briefly specify the difference views of Tolstoy andIn an opposite vain, Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) argues that belief in God
andJesus is not (or perhaps, beyond human rationality). True understanding of God
is beyond our comprehension. In his view, God exist in a realm that is beyond time
and space and yetJesus became part of time part of space. Jesus, as the son of God
and part of the trinity (in which the father, son, and Holy Spirit are all one) became
a contradiction, a paradox. In Kierkegaard’s view, truth is subjective and relative.
And although belief in God is contradictory and irrational, it is still possible. Leo Tolstoy (1828—1910] expresses a similar view to that of Kierkegaard in his
work, the Confessthm (1880). In the Confarsiam, he notes that the notion that faith is
irrational has long been pervasive in philosophy. The dichotomy between faith and
reason dates back to antiquity and was taken for granted by medieval thinkers such
as St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. Tolstoy was searching for the meaning
and purpose of life. He says that I realized that it was impossible to search for an
answer to my questions in rational knowledge; rational knowledge had led me to rec-
ognize that life is meaningless- My life came to a halt and I wanted to kill myself. He felt that science and reason could not provide any answer to the question
as to why we are here, only the how—if that. He goes on to say, As I looked around
at people, at humanity as a whole, I saw that they lived and affirmed that they knew
the meaning of life. I looked at myself-I had lived as long as I knew the meaning of
life. For me, as for others, faith provided the meaning of life and the possibility of
living Tolstoy would not disagree with Nietzsche or Freud, he would simply say
there is more to life than rational belief. Philosophy