Christianity’s greatest achievement is also its biggest mistake—a theology based on the otherness of God.
It’s at the root of all dissatisfaction, this tendency to look outside of ourselves for that which can only be found within us. “The kingdom of heaven is within you,” said Jesus, with typically Zen-like compression. Leo Tolstoy used those seven words for the title of a book making the case for an anarchistic Christianity. (Imagine that.) Fearing an outbreak of unrestrained individualism, Russia banned it.