E. Stanley Jones biography of Mahatma Gandhi

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Michael Childs | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Dec 31 2014 11:58 AM

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Mahatma Gandhi - An Interpretation by E. Stanley Jones

E. Stanley Jones was a famous Methodist missionary to India.  He went to India in 1907 and served there through the 1950's.  He became a close friend of Mahatma Gandhi, and wrote this book about him.  Stanley Jones is one of the very few ministers to have been elected a Bishop in the Methodist Church but refused to accept the office, preferring to remain a missionary.  He was a confidant of leaders of the USA and India, worked hard for world peace.  He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.  Above all, he was always an evangelist, trying to share Jesus Christ with those who did not know him.

Stanley Jones greatly admired Mahatma Gandhi, and considered Gandhi the greatest man that he ever knew.  He tried unsuccessfully to convert Gandhi to Christ, but also Stanley Jones said that he learned very much from Gandhi.

Here is an excerpt about the greatness of Gandhi:

"Take the Cross. Mahatma Gandhi did not see in the Cross what the convinced Christian sees, namely, that God was in Christ recon­ciling the world unto himself and that he was bearing our sins in his body on a tree. Gandhi did not see that. But he did see that you can take on yourself suffering, and not give it, and thus conquer the heart of another. That he did see in the Cross, and that he put into practice, and put it into practice on a national scale. The difference then is this: we as Christians saw more in the Cross than Gandhi and put it into operation less; Gandhi saw less in the Cross than we and put it into practice more. We left the Cross a doctrine; Gandhi left it a deed. Therefore Gandhi, with his half-light and fuller prac­tice, goes in power beyond us who have fuller light and half-practice. God therefore accepts his operative deed and entrusts him with pow­er, while God can use in only a limited way our faith which is minus the operative deed. God apparently has to pass by the orthodoxy and use the orthopraxy. Do not misunderstand me. I do not minimize right belief; it is necessary. But 'not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.'"

I obtained a scanned PDF of this book from archive.org, which I assume is out of copyright.  Or at least it is freely distributed and available by permission, as that is a requirement of archive, org.  If this is not correct please inform me, and it will be removed.  I converted the book to text - added two pictures - and made this docx file for the purpose of freely making it available for Logos personal books.

UNDER NO CONDITIONS SHOULD ANYONE CHARGE FOR THIS FILE OR USE IT FOR PORFIT.

 

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Beloved Amodeo | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 31 2014 12:39 PM

What a nice New Year's gift thank you Michael and Happy New Year's!

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Allen Browne | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 31 2014 6:06 PM

Very much appreciated, Michael.

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Kenneth Neighoff | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 31 2014 6:18 PM

Thanks Michael for making this available.

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 31 2014 7:47 PM

Thanks for sharing Michael. It looks like an interesting read.

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 31 2014 7:52 PM

I just found this cover that could be used

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Michael Childs | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 31 2014 10:39 PM

Thanks Bruce!

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GaoLu | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 3 2015 11:04 AM

Thanks everyone.

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Dave Mackey | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 17 2015 9:23 PM

This book looks a little recent to be in the public domain. Did you get permission to reproduce it?

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Michael Childs | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 22 2015 5:57 PM

Dave Mackey:

This book looks a little recent to be in the public domain. Did you get permission to reproduce it?

As I stated in the first post, "I obtained a scanned PDF of this book from archive.org, which I assume is out of copyright.".  This book is distributed freely numerous places on the internet without any stated restrictions.

Do you have any evidence that the book is under copyright?  If so, l will remove it. 

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Dave Mackey | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 22 2015 8:04 PM

Nope. I just checked on archive.org - you are absolutely right. This does happen sometimes, when a copyright isn't renewed. Usually stuff after the early 1920's though is covered by a more extensive copyright and if renewed lasts FOREVER (slight hyperbole).

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Michael Childs | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 23 2015 3:33 PM

The book was printed in the 1940's, and I will do some more checking.  For the present, I assume it would not be distributed without any restrictions by archive.org if it were still under copyright.  I think they are a legitimate source.  Archive.org also has "The Christ of the India Road" by Stanley Jones,  which I thought I would post sometime.  I have not gotten around to it, and will try to find out more information before I do.  These are the only two of Stanley Jones many books that archive.org has.  I assumed (a bad habit I realize) that these were the only two not still restricted by copyright.

I will do some checking.  Maxie Dunnam, former President of the Seminary, has helped me get permission to post some of their Henry Clay Morrison material.  I will see if he knows anything about this book.  Stanley Jones is closely associated with Asbury, and left many of his papers to them.

By the way, if you are interested in E. Stanley Jones, you might want to check out Henry Clay Morrison's "World Tour of Evangelism".   Morrison visits Stanley Jones in India on his tour, and you can glimpse Stanley Jones' personality there.  That book is posted with other books by Henry Clay Morrison in this Files Forum.

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