Tolstoy, Universalism and the World Religions

Leo Tolstoy was one of the most prolific religious figures of his time. Yet his religious thought and its influence have seldom been explored by church historians. Drawing upon themes within his literature, non-fiction and previously unconsidered primary sources, this paper considers Tolstoy's...

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Published in:The journal of ecclesiastical history
Main Author: Moulinet, Daniel 1957-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge Univ. Press [2017]
In: The journal of ecclesiastical history
Year: 2017, Volume: 68, Issue: 3, Pages: 570-587
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Tolstoy, Leo 1828-1910 / World religion / Universalism / Antitrinitarianism / Younghusband, Francis Edward 1863-1942
IxTheo Classification:AB Philosophy of religion; criticism of religion; atheism
BG World religions
CC Christianity and Non-Christian religion; Inter-religious relations
KAH Church history 1648-1913; modern history
KBK Europe (East)
NBC Doctrine of God
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Summary:Leo Tolstoy was one of the most prolific religious figures of his time. Yet his religious thought and its influence have seldom been explored by church historians. Drawing upon themes within his literature, non-fiction and previously unconsidered primary sources, this paper considers Tolstoy's religious position in relation to other similar nineteenth-century religious movements. It exposes Tolstoy's links with British Unitarians and also considers Tolstoy's influence upon the founder of Britain's first interfaith organisation, the World Congress of Faiths. It is argued that Tolstoy provides a paradigmatic example by which to examine the relationship between the legacy of the Enlightenment and changing attitudes towards non-Christian religions.
ISSN:1469-7637
Contains:Enthalten in: The journal of ecclesiastical history
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1017/S0022046916001469