The Gospel According to Tolstoy

The Gospel According to Tolstoy
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After he gave up writing his world-famous novels, Anna Karenina, War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy devoted himself to discovering the truth of Christianity. He soon found that true spirituality as Jesus had taught it was not found in the churches but in the peasants at his estate Yasnaya Polyana. He wrote four volumes of analysis and criticism of biblical scholarship and his own keen intellect. Afterwards, he extracted just the elements of Jesus' teachings, leaving out everything else (which he considered to have been editorial afterthoughts or wishful thinking). In other words, no Resurrection (nothing to do with teaching), no genealogy, no miracles, no "Messiahship." This "Gospel" is Tolstoy's own interweaving of primarily the first three gospels, to tell the story of Jesus and his sayings, what his actions were (not what the actions against him were). Out of this, Tolstoy distills five "commandments" from Jesus, one of which is "Resist Not Evil," which was picked up by young Gandhi, who briefly corresponded with Tolstoy, and later by Martin Luther King, Jr. as nonviolent resistance.
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