The Kingdom of God Is Within You

The Kingdom of God Is Within You Banned in Russia Tolstoy s The Kingdom of God Is Within You was deemed a threat to church and state The culmination of a lifetime s thought it espouses a commitment to Jesus s message of turning the

  • Title: The Kingdom of God Is Within You
  • Author: Leo Tolstoy Constance Garnett
  • ISBN: 9780486451381
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Paperback
  • Banned in Russia, Tolstoy s The Kingdom of God Is Within You was deemed a threat to church and state The culmination of a lifetime s thought, it espouses a commitment to Jesus s message of turning the other cheek In a bold and original manner, Tolstoy shows his readers clearly why they must reject violence of any sort even that sanctioned by the state or the church and uBanned in Russia, Tolstoy s The Kingdom of God Is Within You was deemed a threat to church and state The culmination of a lifetime s thought, it espouses a commitment to Jesus s message of turning the other cheek In a bold and original manner, Tolstoy shows his readers clearly why they must reject violence of any sort even that sanctioned by the state or the church and urges them to look within themselves to find the answers to questions of morality.In 1894, one of the first English translations of this book found its way into the hands of a young Gandhi Inspired by its message of nonresistance to evil, the Mahatma declared it a source of independent thinking, profound morality, and truthfulness Much of this work s emotional and moral appeal lies in its emphasis on fair treatment of the poor and working class Its view of Christianity, not as a mystic religion but as a workable philosophy originating from the words of a remarkable teacher, extends its appeal to secular and religious readers alike.

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    1. Leo Tolstoy Constance Garnett

      Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy Russian commonly Leo Tolstoy in Anglophone countries was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays His two most famous works, the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction Many consider Tolstoy to have been one of the world s greatest novelists Tolstoy is equally known for his complicated and paradoxical persona and for his extreme moralistic and ascetic views, which he adopted after a moral crisis and spiritual awakening in the 1870s, after which he also became noted as a moral thinker and social reformer.His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him in later life to become a fervent Christian anarchist and anarcho pacifist His ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You, were to have a profound impact on such pivotal twentieth century figures as Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    1. What does a nation established in Christ’s principles look like?Does it wage war?Does it maintain a standing army?Does it manufacture nuclear weapons? Landmines? Assault rifles? Hand guns?Does it torture people?Waterboard people?Imprison people?Are there poor people in a Christian nation?Are there rich people in a Christian nation?Does a women die from hunger in a Christian nation?Does she die from preventable disease?Does anyone aspire to wealth in a Christian nation?Does anyone aspire to pow [...]


    2. Mhatma Ghandi said of this book, "Tolstoy's The Kingdom of God is Within You overwhelmed me. It left an abiding impression on me. Before the independent thinking, profound morality and the truthfulness of this book, all the books given meemed to pale into insignificance." This was lovingly written in the cover of the book when I picked it out of pile of books destined for recycling, where the hard covers would be ripped off and the pages put through the recycling bin. I could not toss this book. [...]


    3. Things your ordinary citizen thinks when he hears "Leo Tolstoy":-Some damn commie Russian-Yeah, I think I heard some of them literary people mention him. Whatever. Speaking of literature, I need to go buy new Dan Brown.-That dude who wrote that long-ass book about war or something no one ever really finished. LBR, they all use Cliffnotes for book reports.-The one who wrote that famous tragic forbidden love story between a married woman and a hot officer. I've seen the movie(s) (KK is my homegurl [...]


    4. this is an amazing book. i'm not a religious person and i can't say i believe in god, but this book sort of made me believe in jesus. not the supernatural aspects of him, but in his philosophy. tolstoy rips into the Church and gives no quarter, saying that the clergy are no better than gangsters. his elucidation of the profound madness involved when "christians" march off to war made me jump out of my chair and say, "yes!" read this book.


    5. I have read two of Tolstoy's other masterpieces in "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina." For all the brilliant prose in these two works of penultimate genius, to really understand the heart of the novelist writing about his society, these essays lend powerful insight. The essays begin as Tolstoy rides a train with soldiers sent to beat Russian peasants who have lodged a complaint against a rich landowner bent upon cutting down a forest, with which serfs had always enjoyed common rights, for the p [...]


    6. I think this book has a lot of great merits, yet I cannot rate something such as this higher when it has so strange a premise:Tolstoy postulates that Christ didn't live, that we don't need a living Savior, and that Christianity is two-thirds deception, and then he says that the principles which Christ taught are going to save the world. It's a remarkable example of throwing the baby out with the bath water.If there is any reason to live the gospel of Christ at all, it is because Christ lived, an [...]


    7. Tolstoy is my favorite writer. 'The Kingdom of God Is Within You' is a book that heavily influenced Gandhi in his epic battle for justice and compassion within and, then, against the British Empire. It is not what you might think though. It is heavily censorious of prevailing assumptions in Christianity as they were practiced in the 18th century. Tolstoy is a radical and allows Christians no wriggle room. You are either a believer and follow the spirit and teachings of Jesus or you are not. It i [...]


    8. The book one may want to keep next to the Holy Bible at home. A book that one may not just 'read' but absorb, assimilate and learn to the core till he transforms himself into a wholly new being. Amazing read; probably the book to deserve the first place in my library.Tolstoy in his own words: (selected passages)"Not to speak of all the other contradictions between modern life and the conscience, the permanently armed conditions of Europe together with its profession of Christianity is alone enou [...]


    9. "The Kingdom of God is Within You" is at once flawed and necessary, a critical look at how human institutions have interpreted (or misinterpreted) the Gospel message.In it, Tolstoy focuses on what's perhaps Jesus' most often overlooked statement--the admonishment to offer no resistance to evil. It's an admirable task, to take a clear look at a statement that many pretend is blurry, to simplify a message that is complicated in spite of its clarity. And Tolstoy's passion and originality make for a [...]


    10. It's been almost a month since i finished this book, and i still think about it every day. It has greatly impressed and inspired me. I am not good at writing reviews, especially about great books, that's why i have been putting it off. But it deserves some praise from my side, since it's the best book i've read this year.I love Tolstoy's honest and raw way of writing and arguing. His vision on non-resistence to evil which is present throughout the whole book, is wonderfully radical and inspiring [...]


    11. you will feel yourself better and more truth-loving after having read this."We are all brothers—and yet every morning a brother or a sister must empty the bedroom slops for me. We are all brothers, but every morning I must have a cigar, a sweetmeat, an ice, and such things, which my brothers and sisters have been wasting their health in manufacturing, and I enjoy these things and demand them. We are all brothers, yet I live by working in a bank, or mercantile house, or shop at making all goods [...]


    12. Never mind the cover. This book is amazing! One of the most important books I've ever readRead the description; I think it's pretty right on. If you've ever called yourself a Christian, this is a must read. If you think Christians are misguided or even dangerous, you should read this book. If you like certain aspects of Christianity but think that organized religion is a crock, you should read this book. If you think war is a necessary evil, read this book. If you think Gandhi was on to somethin [...]


    13. Beautiful, challenging philosophy from Tolstoy in his final years. His central premise is the importance of aspiring to be truly Christian even as we live in a world controlled by corrupt governments and religions. In Tolstoy's perfect world, nations would disband all governments, courts, militaries, and even the concept of nationhood itself, as all of these entities contribute to division and conflict - inherently un-Christian realities. But it is not the concept of this perfect world that diff [...]



    14. از جمله مواردی که تولستوی در کتاب «پادشاهی خداوند درون شماست» بدان می پردازد رابطه علم و دین است. تولستوی بر این باور است که دو گروه دین را نفهمیده‌اند: یک گروه پیروان دین و گروه دیگر از مخالفان دین هستند. پیروان دین به خاطر نوع نگرششان به دین، الهیات و کلیسا از دریافتن دین آنچ [...]


    15. If Dostoevsky triggered the awakening of my consciousnessSomehow Tolstoy put words into it with this sublime book. Dostoevsky's philosophies enabled my mind to plunge deeper into the depths of my soul, the wisdom was attained yet it was difficult to articulate it into words, not until I came across this book, The Kingdom Of God Is Within You by Tolstoy. It reflects Tolstoy's belief that a society of peace, harmony and love is possible and only in our midst, if only we could learn to live in Jesu [...]


    16. It's easier to go along with the flow of life than it is to stand firm on eternal truths and thus to oppose political and religious paradigms. Sure enough Tolstoy can find dozens of ways to state his case that Christianity is good and organized religion is not. And every way is relevent and true. Church complicity with worldly authorities, ready to support the violence of war and the oppression of the weak is quite at odds with the messages of Jesus Christ himself. Read this (p. 317): " is madne [...]


    17. Recommended by a friend. Just started it today.I can't make up my mind whether I am in love with or outraged by Tolstoy's emphatically constructed case for pacifism. It makes me want to strangle the man.UPDATE:I skimmed over a lot of Tolstoy's polemics. I enjoyed his critiques of Christianity more than his case for pacifism. My caveat is personal: I prefer a more nuanced argument.If you don't mind the polemic style, Tolstoy actually lays out a good case for pacifism especially based upon a Chris [...]


    18. I have considered this since I read it probably 6 years ago to be my favorite book, or at least the book that has challenged me the most. It's as powerful of a testament to Christian nonviolence as I imagine has ever been written. Probably it's most well-known claim to fame is that Gandhi cites it as the book that influenced him most in his life, even though he was a devout Hindu.


    19. In this book, Tolstoy uses Jesus' Sermon on the Mount to makes a brave, impassioned argument for pacifism and the abolishment of all governments. He makes some great points, but his argument is utterly lacking in nuance. For example, the Bible commands us not to lie, but polite society would undoubtedly break down if, every time we said "nice to see you" to someone, we had to stop a moment and ascertain whether such was indeed actually the case. We can also reasonably assume that "turning the ot [...]


    20. A great and terrible book, from Tolstoy the man who bought you War and Peace and Christian Anarchism.This was the book that directly inspired Gandhi to begin his non violent resistance movement, and for that reason alone it is worth reading. It is very inspiring, if anything it suffers from being too impassioned. It is a direct call for individuals to take personal responsibility for their actions. A very simple idea, but Tolstoy illustrates the power of it exceedingly well, his call centres on [...]


    21. Reader beware: Leo Tolstoy is no joke. The Kingdom of God is Within You is a scathing critique of the present evil age, just as applicable now as it was when Tolstoy wrote in the late 1800's. Don't come to this book as you might come to War & Peace, expecting a shrill of literary beauty, or you will most certainly be disappointed. This is hard, cold argument, the kind you might expect if you were listening to Tolstoy lecture and persuade a disobedient child, only the child in view here is hu [...]


    22. Banned for publication in Russia, this book was first published in Germany in 1894. The reason for its banning is for some reason not emphasized by many, which simply is that Tolstoy openly opposed organized religion, including his very own and Russia's official religion, the Greek Orthodox Church. Tolstoy's perspective is that the true and pure teachings of Christ are found in the bible and in its principles, not by traditions or clergy. In fact, Tolstoy argues that churches have become the chi [...]


    23. Profoundly spiritual yet down to earth in its implications as Tolstoy looks at the application of spiritual teachings to the current social order. A call to reconstruct our conceptions of society, governance, religion and the true significance of life. Not a page turner but is highly logical in its arguments and imbued with a plethora of cathartic insights.


    24. بيتكلم عن اعتقاداته زى أن الناس سواسية ورفضه للطبقية والراسمالية ونظام التجنيد اﻹجبارى وهكذا بقى دا ملخصه يعنى


    25. 4,5Tolgo mezza stellina perché Tolstoj è molto ripetitivo e perché la traduzione mantiene molti arcaismi che rendono la lettura poco scorrevole.Detto ciò, da dove iniziare per parlare di questo capolavoro che fu scritto alla fine del XIX secolo ma è sotto molti punti di vista ancora attuale? Volevo leggere questo libro da quando lessi un'autobiografia di Gandhi in cui dice che iniziò una corrispondenza con Tolstoj scambiando opinioni sul concetto di non-violenza proprio dopo aver letto que [...]


    26. It introduced the doctrine of non-resistance to evil to me, which is what I was looking for in this book. But it was a tough read overall. Tolstoy repeats himself way too much, there is no structure to the book and sometimes he makes some non-sensical generalizations. He did capture the hypocrisy of our age (political and spiritual) really well, which kept me going. Modern day Pharisees the lot of us.He did foresee the start of WW I by a couple of decades at least, by realizing the danger and st [...]


    27. Tolstoy's radical take on Christianity may not sound so radical at first: he insists on a rigid adherence to the specific verbal instructions of Jesus as described in the Gospels. The sermon on the mount, in particular, is afforded special emphasis as a sort of new set of commandments. This is, notably, the sermon in which Jesus instructs us to turn the other cheek and be forgiving and loving of one another. These teachings, he writes, constitute the body of Christianity- they define what it mea [...]


    28. "Ye have heard, it was said of old, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. But I say unto you Resist not evil. But if one smites thee on the right cheek, turn him the other also; and if one will go to law with thee to take thy coat from thee, give him thy cloak also." I have always said that Jesus Christ is one of the greatest humanists there has ever been and the starting point of many revolutionary ideas. Here Tolstoy attempts to disassociate Christ's teachings from the church and Christi [...]


    29. Tolstoy calls on all people to live by the Law of Jesus, primarily set forth in the Sermon on the Mount. For Tolstoy, living like this is what it means to be a Christian. Early on he makes it clear he has no love for the rest of the New Testament outside the Gospels. He finds the whole idea of sin and salvation by grace as really part of the problem. Thus, his view of being a Christian is quite different than the traditional view as he simply says - live like Jesus. Of course, this begs the ques [...]


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