Christian Anarchism: A Political Commentary on the Gospel by Alexandre Christoyannopoulos

By Alexandre Christoyannopoulos

Publish 12 months note: First released in 2010

Christian anarchism has been round for no less than so long as secular anarchism. Leo Tolstoy is its most famed proponent, yet there are various others, akin to Jacques Ellul, Vernard Eller, Dave Andrews or the folks linked to the Catholic employee stream. they provide a compelling critique of the kingdom, the church and the financial system according to the recent testomony.

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The Chapter is then brought to a close by the eighth [7] Tolstoy, What I Believe, 18. and final section, which returns to the idea that the Sermon on the Mount should guide the practice of the Christian community. 1 — Resist not evil The instruction not to resist evil, a defining passage in the Christian Bible, comes in verses thirty-eight to forty-two of the fifth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, where Jesus tells his disciples: 38. Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39.

Archie Penner The same applies to (considerably less famous) Canadian Mennonite Archie Penner. 74 His exegesis of numerous Bible passages, however, has proven useful to making the case for Christian anarchism. All these writers and thinkers have made it into the pages of this book. A few others also appear here and there because their writings support the Christian anarchist perspective, but have not been introduced here either because they belong to one of the networks listed above or because their contribution is only quite modest.

What qualifies this diverse range of thinkers as “Christian anarchists” is specified in each case below, but on a general note, each of these “Christian anarchists” (as they are often hereafter referred to) have something to contribute to the perspective that Christianity logically implies a form of anarchism, that anarchism logically follows from Christianity—the defining characteristic of Christian anarchism. These thinkers have either written openly about something they describe as Christian anarchism, are widely described by others as Christian anarchists, or have something to say which helps strengthen the case for Christian anarchism.

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