Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Resist Not Evil???

Our bookclub (The Litwits, San Luis Obispo) met last night and we chewed at a tough assignment: Leo Tolstoy's "The Kingdom of God Is Within You".

Coming to this book as a practicing agnostic (I could never get elected president!!) I had a lot of trouble with the focus on the "true" message of Jesus/Christ.

Tolstoy fixated on the Sermon on the Mount and especially on "Resist Not the Evil that Men Do", and spent the last thirty years of his life trying to turn this message of extreme pacifism into a practical daily agenda.

A tough book to read, but this is where Ghandi got his basic inspiration for non-violent resistance which threw the British empire out of India.

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