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by Constance Garnett,David Taffel,Leo Tolstoy

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0760765529
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Constance Garnett,David Taffel,Leo Tolstoy
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Barnes & Noble (January 20, 2005)
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Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at ww. Title: The Kingdom of God Is Within You. Author: graf Leo Tolstoy. Posting Date: July 8, 2011 Release Date: November, 2003.

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by Leo graf 1828-1910 Tolstoy (Creator), Constance 1861-1946 tr Garnett (Creator). I was brought up in a mainline Christian religion, but never was given this perspective. This was a beginning for many awakenings in my lifetime. The good: Tolstoy gives compelling reasons, arguments and thoughts as to why genuine followers of Christ should abstain from military and political involvement. The "State" is definitely anti-Christian and unrighteous.

The Kingdom of God Is Within You is a non-fiction book written by Leo Tolstoy. A philosophical treatise, the book was first published in Germany in 1894 after being banned in his home country of Russia. It is the culmination of thirty years of Tolstoy's thinking, and lays out a new organization for society based on an interpretation of Christianity focusing on universal love.

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He argues that the kingdom of God is within reach of all. The core of the book deals with his nonresistance to evil, a. .You have in your hands one of those rare books that carry a direct message from the writer to the reader

He argues that the kingdom of God is within reach of all. The core of the book deals with his nonresistance to evil, a principle Tolstoy passionately advocated. Gandhi was won over by the book. You have in your hands one of those rare books that carry a direct message from the writer to the reader. And the message carries a charge, emotional and moral, that can in some people ignite an explosion of the heart and mind. It did so in one very notable case when an English translation was sent to a Hindu barrister in Natal, South Africa, in 1894.

Christianity through the world, as the disregard of this command by men calling themselves Christians, and the permission of war and violence to Christians.

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Start by marking "The Kingdom of God Is Within You" - Christianity Not as a Mystic Religion But as a New Theory of Life as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Reprinted from the English translation of 1894 by Constance Garnett. 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, J.

At the focal point of The Kingdom Of God Is Within You is the doctrine of radical non-violence that Tolstoy . Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy was born on September 9, 1828 in Russia. He is usually referred to as Leo Tolstoy

At the focal point of The Kingdom Of God Is Within You is the doctrine of radical non-violence that Tolstoy understands Jesus to have articulated in the Sermon on the Mount's injunction against responding to evil with evil. Though the treatise was banned upon completion in 1893, this quickly translated and widely disseminated work was destined to become the most powerful and influential of his major late period writings. He is usually referred to as Leo Tolstoy. He was a Russian author who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time.

But if you cannot bear to live in everlasting dissonance between your beliefs and your life, thinking one thing .

But if you cannot bear to live in everlasting dissonance between your beliefs and your life, thinking one thing and doing another, get out of the mediæval whited sepulchers, and face your fears. I know very well it is not easy. It is not a little thing to cut one's self off from all to which a man has been accustomed from his birth, with which he has grown up to maturity. At the same time we want the conditions of our life which arise out of this organization – our civilization, culture, art, and science – to remain intact.

The kingdom of god is within you". The Kingdom of God is Within You, Christianity and Patriotism, Miscellanies.

The Kingdom of God Is Within You is the non-fiction magnum opus of Leo Tolstoy, first published in Germany in 1894, after being banned in his home country of Russia. It is the culmination of thirty years of Tolstoy's Christian thinking, and lays out a new organization for society based on a literal Christian interpretation. Tolstoy speaks of the principle of nonresistance when confronted by violence, as taught by Jesus. Tolstoy sought to separate Orthodox Russian Christianity, which was merged with the state. Tolstoy takes the viewpoint that all governments who wage war are an affront to Christian principles. When Christ says to turn the other cheek, Tolstoy asserts that he means simply that and rejects the interpretations of Roman and medieval scholars who attempted to limit its scope. He advocated non-violence as a solution to nationalist woes and as a means for seeing the hypocrisy of the church.
  • Mr_Mole
Amazing book! Tolstoy's book and the arguments he makes are nearly as controversial today as when he made them over a hundred years ago. Since that time, we've mostly come to recognize two of Tolstoy's very lucid points: that conscription is unjust, and that ever greater tools for war do not create a more peaceful world. However, Tolstoy's writing on funding and support of a violence-oriented nation-states, nonresistance to evil as a way of life, and the divine potential for changing the world by taking Jesus literally at his word are still radical ideas (for some evidence of this fact, just do a search for a full text online version of this book, and note that the first website that comes up is The Anarchist Library.) This book changed my life, and presented me with solutions to difficult moral dilemmas I had considered impossible to resolve. Be warned though, this book will open your mind up to actual Matrix-like-blue-pill-red-pill possibilities you've probably never seriously considered, and, as Tolstoy describes in this book, will bring your life to a fork in the road, where once "there was one road, now there are two, and [you] must make your choice."
  • Kanrad
Both this copy and the Wilder publication are fraught with bizarre type set anomaly. Purchased the cheaper version first and it was space set between words like an editor's draft, first chapter lines off horizontal at slant. This one does not have that space between words problem but the margin is 7/64" at outer edge or just less than an 1/8 of an inch. No room to hold and read except at the bottom of the book. I must recommend read/print online as for my experience with this title 2 out of two down that is 0% and about $30 after S/h for both . Very dissed with sorry print formatting. Great author
  • Kare
Tolstoy calls us to a Christianity that impacts the way we live, the way we love, and why we live.
I'm so grateful for everyone of Tolstoy's works, short stories included, they've changed my outlook on life!
  • Cherry The Countess
"The Kingdom of God is Within You"--at least, the Timeless Classics Books version I bought--is a maddening edition of a book that's 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 try and make simple a message that is complicated in spite of its clarity. And Tolstoy's passion and originality make for an unforgettable read, even as his sweeping generalizations make it easy to put down in frustration.

He claims, for instance, that there are only three ways to view life--the animal, the pagan, and the divine. In the former, one is only looking for fulfillment of one's own desires; most societies recognize this as potentially harmful, and set out laws so as to corral the human animal. But, as Tolstoy puts it, this still leads to allegiance to "the tribe, the family, the clan, the nation," and that ultimately leads to conflict. The answer, as he sees it, is for human society to keep evolving towards the divine ideal set down in the Gospels, wherein one treats everyone well, regardless of (and even in spite of) their past behavior.

In looking at the middle level--that of human society--Tolstoy latches on to something Chairman Mao would later express far more cynically: political power ultimately rests on force. Laws that aren't enforced are basically just suggestions, so no matter how noble-minded the government, or how good its intentions, it ultimately must either use or threaten violence--the very word "enforcement" acknowledges this. So, for instance, pacifists who are waiting for governments to renounce the use of war will be waiting forever. As Tolstoy points out, "One might as well suggest to merchants and bankers that they should sell nothing for a greater price than they gave for it, should undertake the distribution of wealth for no profit, and should abolish money, as it would thus be rendered unnecessary." For war is but the extreme end of an ill-defined spectrum of force that starts at a much lower level, that of police and criminals; no government will (or can) ever give that up, so once one acknowledges and buys into the implicit relationship between political power and force, the question of its upper limit is a matter of quibbling. As Tolstoy mentions, only the weaker nations will suggest with a straight face that international matters should always be subject to arbitration. The stronger countries have nothing to gain by limiting themselves, and no one to compel them to do so.

Tolstoy uses Jesus' words amply. He points out that many believe that Jesus' teachings "can have no other significance than the one they attribute to it." But that only adds to the irony elsewhere, when he suggests that Jesus' words against resistance should be used as an excuse to stop paying taxes. Jesus was quite clearly of a different mindset, and said "Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's" to those who asked whether it was lawful to pay taxes. The point's pretty simple, and it's one Tolstoy completely ignores: the government literally makes the money in the first place, so if the government wants part of their money back, that's their business.

Elsewhere, too, Tolstoy's generalizations invite argument, not agreement. "We do know by prolonged experience that neither enemies nor criminals have been successfully suppressed by force," he says, obviously speaking without the benefit of World War II as a historical example, although one ends up surprised that he didn't make more reference to Napoleon's defeat, a topic which he obviously covered at far greater length elsewhere. A better argument, perhaps, would rely on the moral consequences to the victors, rather than the physical outcomes. (Perhaps the best illustration of this, oddly enough, was near the end of "Return of the Jedi," where Luke finds himself transformed by the mere act of resisting the Emperor.) It's hard to claim that resistance is wrong because it doesn't work; there are those who will always argue that it does. The bigger issue, perhaps, is that it makes you similar to what you're resisting. (The Timeless Classics Books edition of this work further distracts from Tolstoy's already problematic arguments with egregious and occasionally humorous inconsistencies in font and errors in spelling. Particularly funny was a mangled transcription Tolstoy had set down from a pacifist group that recommended THAT THE THIRD SUNDAY IN DECEMBER BE SET APART FOR THA PURPOSE. Either Tolstoy was the first gangsta, the real O.G., or somebody was sloppy to the point of negligence in proofing this.)

Tolstoy's long-winded. He departs from the Gospel message in at least one key regard. He relies on evidence for some assertions but also makes plenty of unsupported allegations and blanket generalizations. (Some of these do seem oddly timeless and apropos of our current age, as for instance when he says that scientists see Christianity "as a religion which has outlived its age" and that "[t]he significance of the Gospel is hidden from believers by the Church, from unbelievers by Science.") Yet the many areas where he amplifies Jesus' teachings make for a thought-provoking read that also might cause some soul searching, whatever one's religious or political persuasion.
  • Anayanis
Its not what I been seeking, it to hard of a read. I am trying to open up a school, it not going to keep my student interest. thanks
  • Malodora
Sit back, open your mind, be ready to have a small number of your beliefs challenged and possibly reformed into a kinder, more detached worldview.
  • porosh
The Kingdom of God is Within You is one of the most compelling and challenging pieces of conviction and courage that you will ever read. It is essential reading for anyone who considers himself a Christian... and also for anyone who doesn't.

Notably, Tolstoy's book was instrumental in inspiring the ethic of non-violent resistance to evil practiced by both Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. In Gandhi's words: "Tolstoy's The Kingdom of God is Within You overwhelmed me. Before the independent thinking, profound morality and truthfulness of this book, all the books given me seemed to pale into insignificance."