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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 | graf Leo Tolstoy
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First published in Germany in 1894, after being banned in Russia, The Kingdom of God Is within You reveals Tolstoys world outlook after his conversion to Christianity. 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. Tolstoy clearly describes the hazards that bullying governments and false beliefs produced. The situation of the Christian part of humanitywith its prisons, forced labor, gallows, saloons, brothels, constantly increasing armaments, and millions of confused people ready like trained hounds to attack anyone against whom their masters set themthis situation would be terrible if it were the product of coercion, but it is above all the product of public opinion. Abhorring the violence of revolution, Tolstoy calls on Christians to remember that the only guide for their actions is to be found in the divine principle dwelling within them, which in no sense can be checked or governed by anyone or anything else.
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An incredibly dense book. I think I probably should have listened to it. Because as much as I took from it, I feel that there was so much more that I missed.

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Feeling chatty today. Must be this #litsypartyofone event. Tolstoy would approve of our little state that says no to hate. Tolstoy argued that anyone who considered themselves a Christian should not participate in a war or work for an organization or government that supported war. He argued that Christ had said to always turn the other cheek. However, Tolstoy could find very few Christians who actually lived or believed in the principle. #Vermont

saresmoore That street and the banner are gorgeous! Also, I absolutely must read this book. 3y
Suet624 @saresmoore I found it as a PDF online, but I actually prefer reading it on Serial Reader. Short sections make this book easier to absorb. 3y
tpixie Funny/Sad- and most wars/conflicts are based on religion- Irish Catholics & Protestents, Jews & Muslims, Muslims & Christians. Even Hindus have been in religious wars. Mankind interprets religious teachings in non religious ways. 3y
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Suet624 @tpixie You're right. Tolstoy focuses primarily on Christianity because in the late 1800's the primary emphasis was on the Russian Orthodox Church. He mentions other religions too but his focus was on Russia. 3y
tpixie @Suet624 I bet it's really interesting to get his perspective. 3y
Hobbinol I love that banner! You Vermonters are too cool! 3y
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From 1890 to today. It never ends. This book covers so much territory. Tolstoy's passion on the subjects he addresses is intense. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this on Serial Reader.

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Flipping between The Kingdom of God is Within You by Tolstoy (Serial Reader), Then Again by Diane Keaton (audio), and The Fireman by Joe Hill (Kindle) is a bit of a stretch for me. Not only is the subject matter stretchy, but until I joined Litsy I only read physical books. Now you all have me dipping my toe into an awful lot of formats.

tracyrowanreads I'm only a very recent convert to audiobooks myself. I spent years trying to be comfortable with them,to no avail, and then suddenly it clicked with me. 3y
minkyb Bookish podcasts are my new addiction baby steps for me. 🙃 3y
Suet624 @tracyrowanreads Still not sold on it. But this one is only my 4th or 5th so I'll keep trying. 😁 3y
Suet624 @minkyb Oh boy. Don't suggest anything new to me!!! 😂😂 3y
tracyrowanreads I found that I had to find the right circumstances. Now I listen while I have meals or when I do housework. For the latter I keep my phone in my pocket and use headphones. It keeps me moving. 😉 3y
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