Book Review: A Calendar of Wisdom, Written and Selected from the World’s Sacred Texts by Leo Tolstoy, Peter Sekirin, Translator

Book Review: A Calendar of Wisdom, Written and Selected from the World’s Sacred Texts by Leo Tolstoy, Peter Sekirin, Translator

Tolstoy’s last major work was A Calendar of Wisdom, Daily Thoughts to Nourish the Soul. He wrote many of the sayings, and included or adapted those of many others. Often cited names include Marcus Aurelius, Cicero, Confucius,  Emerson, Goethe, Kant, Lao-Tzu, Blaise Pascal, Rousseau, John Ruskin, Seneca, Thoreau —along with…

Book Review: The Kingdom of God Is Within You, by Leo Tolstoy (Authorized Translation by Constance Garnett)

Book Review: The Kingdom of God Is Within You, by Leo Tolstoy (Authorized Translation by Constance Garnett)

Leo Tolstoy’s non-fiction book The Kingdom of God Is Within You is a forceful argument for non-violent resistance — and against organized religion, governments, and the entirety of pagan civilization under which we have lived for thousands of years. Throw Christianity and several dollops of libertarianism, anarchism, pacifism, and Distributism in a blender,…

Chesterton, Tolstoy, and the Common Man

Chesterton, Tolstoy, and the Common Man

G.K. Chesterton and Leo Tolstoy have exerted enormous influence on thinking with regard to theology, philosophy, politics, economics, social organization, the arts, and science. Both men considered themselves Christians, and both saw themselves as champions of the common man. And yet, it is hard to imagine two men more unlike…