How to make a radical Christian

A fair point, with the fearmongering about radical Muslims in full tilt.

You could start by reading Leo Tolstoy’s The Kingdom of God Is Within You. (text, Project Gutenberg) It stands in a thread of radical Christian discipleship that reaches before Tolstoy to Universalist minister Adin Ballou — a point of pride — and afterwards to Gandhi and Martin Luther King, who each made non-violent resistance a household word. (Well, a household compound word.)

And it takes some cool, deliberate, principled and sacrificial action when you think of what went on in Congress today. Millions of American Muslims are pilloried for actions of a tiny handful. Such grim attention —  a cultivated double-standard — persons of other faiths don’t have to suffer.

Pilloried by Representative Peter King, a man who has defended terrorist organizations when it suited him. For shame.

Good Muslim friends: others can see through this cruel folly.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. Your right on King and the IRA except I think it makes him sensitive to how susceptible immigrants are to the appeals and blackmail (and worse) against those back home. Dingall made a pretty good verbal statement today far different then his written one. Dingall with more Arabs (plenty of them Christian though) in his district.

  2. Did you watch “The Last Station” (2009), featuring Helen Mirren, and with Christopher Plummer as Tolstoy? I think this movie provided a very insightful and revealing portrait of how Tolstoy and his utopian community were “in private”, so to speak, as well as about the last, sad days of his life.

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