The Kingdom of God Is Within You

The Kingdom of God Is Within You

Christianity Not as A Mystic Religion but as A New Theory of Life

eBook - 2009
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Annotation Initially banned in his home country The Kingdom of God Is Within You is Leo Tolstoy's great non-fictional work. The zenith of Tolstoy's thirty years of Christian thinking, it sets out a plan for a new society guided by a literal Christian interpretation. Christ conceived of a society based on love, compassion and tolerance, and Tolstoy believed this was incompatible with violence. Tolstoy's response is the principle of nonresistance in the face of violence, and that the wars that governments wage were at odds with Christian ideals. He believed we should not be limiting the scope of God's commandments, writing "how can you kill people, when it is written in God's commandment: 'Thou shalt not murder'?" Mahatma Gandhi wrote that The Kingdom of God Is Within You "overwhelmed" and "left an abiding impression" on him, listing it as one of three modern works most influential on his life and philosophy.
Publisher: [Auckland, N.Z.] : Floating Press, ©2009.
ISBN: 9781775413875
Characteristics: 1 online resource (573 pages)
Additional Contributors: Garnett, Constance 1861-1946.


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patienceandfortitude Sep 08, 2011

Interesting to learn further about Tolstoy's religious beliefs, which are anti-government, anti-war, and anti-church hierarchy. But I found his fiction far more compelling. It took me over a year to read this book. Not the most clear or concise arguments, but did provoke thoughts about how to live a true Christian life.

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