9/ We acknowledge that Jesus’ message has been developed and amplified since his death by such activists as Gandhi (ahimsa and saytagraha) and Martin Luther King (civil disobedience and non-violent direct action) as well as many others.
So far I’ve just listed a few quotations from these 2 men, plus from Tolstoy who was a major influence on them both. A major piece of work on Tolstoy’s religion and philosophy is in the Zingcreed pipeline.
This is a work in progress.
Most political activists I meet in London are not Christians. Why should they be? If they were to join a church it would be like operating among people who may be very ‘nice’ but who are 50 years behind the times as far as ethics and political issues are concerned (think gay marriage and women priests). I for one will not take the Roman Catholic church seriously until they have a black lesbian pope. They would probably waste half their time trying to reform the church. I’m told that’s like banging your head against a brick wall. Better to spend your activist energies trying to bring about some reforms in society or in acts of solidarity with the oppressed. (If you don’t know who they are you haven’t looked). Of course at times that can be like banging your head against a brick wall too.
This blog will look for links between Christian values and non-violent radical political activism.