Two authors who were more or less contemporaries, but who lived a world apart. Each was vegetarian, had a notable conversion experience, read widely, had a literary team that supported them, and grew frustrated with some of their followers who went to extremes. Who were these two authors? Ellen G. White (1827-1915) and Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910).
As far as I can tell, neither one knew about the other. Ellen G. White, if she ever heard of Tolstoy, does not reference him in any of her writings, and did not, as far as I can tell have his writings in her library. And conversely the same thing holds true of Tolstoy.
While the similarities are interesting, some of the contrasts are more revealing. Ellen G. White claimed to be God’s prophetic messenger. Tolstoy never claimed to receive visions, or even to be visionary kind of leader although some certainly felt led to follow him. [Read more…] about Ellen White & Leo Tolstoy