Title: My Religion
Author: Leo Tolstoy, Huntington Smith (trans)
Publisher: Walter Scott. No date, probably early 1900s.
Condition: Hardcover, with minor wear to cover and spine. Clean text, firmly bound.
About the book:
“My Religion” is a comprehensive exposition of this newfound faith, where Tolstoy lays out in detail every important aspect of his belief, and strives to explain the true meaning of Christ’s message, and where the Church has strayed from the Word of God. He asserts that non-violence is the solution to the problems in the modern world, and that the Gospels, when interpreted correctly, advocate non-violence.
About Tolstoy (from Wikipedia):
Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy also known as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Tolstoy was a master of realistic fiction and is widely considered one of the world’s greatest novelists. He is best known for two long novels, War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877). Tolstoy first achieved literary acclaim in his 20s with his semi-autobiographical trilogy of novels, Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth (1852-1856) and Sevastopol Sketches (1855), based on his experiences in the Crimean War. His fiction output also includes two additional novels, dozens of short stories, and several famous novellas, including The Death of Ivan Ilych, Family Happiness, and Hadji Murad. Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays. Tolstoy is equally known for his complicated and paradoxical persona and for his extreme moralistic and ascetic views, which he adopted after a moral crisis and spiritual awakening in the 1870s, after which he also became noted as a moral thinker and social reformer.
His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him in later life to become a fervent Christian anarchist and anarcho-pacifist. His ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You, were to have a profound impact on such pivotal twentieth-century figures as Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and James Bevel.