Thursday, 12 February 2009

On Non-violent Resistance: Tolstoy's Reflections on the Relevance of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount

This coming Monday, the Kent Palestine Solidarity Group will host a talk on Tolstoy's view on non-violent resistance.

Time and Place Date: 16 February 2009
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Location: KLT2 (Keynes College)
Town/City: Canterbury, United Kingdom

In today’s “war on terror,” Tolstoy would lament both sides’ readiness to use violence to reach their aims; and he would call for Christians in particular to courageously enact the rational wisdom contained in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Tolstoy’s exegesis of Christianity may be too literal and too rationalistic, and may lead to an exceedingly utopian political vision; but it articulates a refreshingly peaceful method for religion to shape politics, one that can moreover and paradoxically be related to by non-Christians precisely because of its alleged grounding in reason.

Dr Alexandre Christoyannopoulos will touch on the previous and its relation to nonviolent resistance, as well as answer any questions you might have on the issue.

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