Did you know that the Kingdom of God lies within? Leo Tolstoy takes the opportunity within this work to explore why so many examples of statements against war and violence and in favor of peace and living according to Christ’s teaching have been met with silence. He cites five arguments in opposition to nonviolence: Christ sanctioned violence, force is necessary to defeat evil people, resistance to evil by force is necessary to protect our neighbor, using force does not deny one the ability to be Christian, and Christians must serve the prevailing earthly powers. Tolstoy then refutes each of these arguments and postulates that Christianity cannot be fully achieved on earth, but with struggle and sacrifice Christians will progress toward and approach blessedness. He also explains how the church is hypocritical in preaching the teachings of Christ yet not following them and is actually more of an obstacle to learning Christ’s principles. The Kingdom of God is Within You is both eye-opening and thought-provoking, and it is well worth the time to explore why Christians as a society purport to follow the teachings of Christ but find it nearly impossible to live by his word in their collective actions.