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“For a book that has been used to justify holy wars, slavery, anti-semitism, homophobia and innumerable other crimes against humanity, it's actually a good book.
Tolstoy believed that every religion in the world shared one common ideal and that ideal was to love uncondtionally all members of the human race. Using passages in this text as justification for partisanship on a social, political, or ideological standpoint is going against the teachings of truly enlightened religion.
But, it is full of wonderful stories, parables, and life-governing reachings on faith, forgiveness, responsibility, and fedelity. I'm partial to the Song of Soloman, the Psalms, Ruth, Judges, Job, Proverbs, and (of course) Revelations.”