Chris Smith – Writers on the Classics #6

February 8, 2013 — Leave a comment


Page 2: ERB Editor Chris Smith on the Classics

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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This is the quintessential novel.  Yes, it’s humongous, but it is well worth the effort and will be challenging to your faith, as it has been to me and to others over the last century and a half.

The Kingdom of God is Within You by Leo Tolstoy

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Although Tolstoy is better known for his novels, this is preeminent non-fiction work, an apology for a radical Christianity that takes Jesus’s teaching seriously, especially his teaching on non-violence. This work was a major influence on both on Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Poems of Emily Dickinson

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Dickinson is probably my favorite poet. The simple, elegant imagery of her poems is captivating, and is essential reading for anyone who desires to write poetry.

The Martyrs Mirror


Although The Martyrs Mirror is best known as the definitive collection of the stories of the early Anabaptist martyrs, it also provides a little known sort of “people’s history” of the Church, of followers of Christ who were outside and often oppressed by the mainstream of Constantinian Catholicism in the medieval and pre-medieval eras.  This hefty volume has exploded my ideas of Church history.

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