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Christian anarchism has been around for at least as long as secular anarchism. Leo Tolstoy is its most famous proponent, but there are many others, such as Jacques Ellul, Vernard Eller, Dave Andrews or the people associated with the Catholic Worker movement. They offer a compelling critique of the state, the church and the economy based on the New Testament.." Christian anarchism has been around for at least as long as secular anarchism. Leo Tolstoy is its most famous proponent, but there are many others, such as Jacques Ellul, Vernard Eller, Dave Andrews or the people associated with the Catholic Worker movement. They offer a compelling critique of the state, the church and the economy based on the New Testament.."


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Christian anarchism has been around for at least as long as secular anarchism. Leo Tolstoy is its most famous proponent, but there are many others, such as Jacques Ellul, Vernard Eller, Dave Andrews or the people associated with the Catholic Worker movement. They offer a compelling critique of the state, the church and the economy based on the New Testament.." Christian anarchism has been around for at least as long as secular anarchism. Leo Tolstoy is its most famous proponent, but there are many others, such as Jacques Ellul, Vernard Eller, Dave Andrews or the people associated with the Catholic Worker movement. They offer a compelling critique of the state, the church and the economy based on the New Testament.."

30 review for Christian Anarchism: A Political Commentary on the Gospel

  1. 4 out of 5

    D

    Christianity in its true sense puts an end to government. So it was understood at its very commencement; it was for that cause that Christ was crucified. So it has always been understood by people who were not under the necessity of justifying a Christian government. Only from the time that the heads of government assumed an external and nominal Christianity, men began to invent all the impossible, cunningly devised theories by means of which Christianity can be reconciled with government. But n Christianity in its true sense puts an end to government. So it was understood at its very commencement; it was for that cause that Christ was crucified. So it has always been understood by people who were not under the necessity of justifying a Christian government. Only from the time that the heads of government assumed an external and nominal Christianity, men began to invent all the impossible, cunningly devised theories by means of which Christianity can be reconciled with government. But no honest and serious-minded man of our day can help seeing the incompatibility of true Christianity — the doctrine of meekness, forgiveness of injuries, and love — with government, with its pomp, acts of violence, executions, and wars. The profession of true Christianity not only excludes the possibility of recognizing government, but even destroys its very foundations. Leo Tolstoy - The Kingdom of God is Within You (1894) За жалост намерих орязан вариант на книгата, затова фактически коментирам едно кратко съчинение, а не книга и то с уговорки. Идеята на християнския анархизъм е, че всяка държава като административен апарат и управление е основана изцяло в противовес с това, което Исус говори. Популярната теория за обществения договор е най-силно критикувана именно като силно конфронтираща се с идеите на Исус и казаното от него.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Reed

    This "political commentary" was a good read for the novice anarchist, especially. Beyond just Catholic Workers, it discusses several aspects of Christian anarchism. It helped me realise that on more than one front, I have been a Christian anarchist most of my life. It was an excellent read, and I intend to wear it out as both a "textbook" and commentary as I go through the last decades of my life. This "political commentary" was a good read for the novice anarchist, especially. Beyond just Catholic Workers, it discusses several aspects of Christian anarchism. It helped me realise that on more than one front, I have been a Christian anarchist most of my life. It was an excellent read, and I intend to wear it out as both a "textbook" and commentary as I go through the last decades of my life.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nirvana2013

    Christoyannopoulos simply and clearly chronicles the theology of Christian anarchism by drawing on notable advocates over the last two millennia. He affirms that the foundation of Christian anarchism is a rejection of violence. In following Jesus' nonviolent message these adherents withdrew their support for civil government, as all states retain power by using, or threatening to use, force. Christoyannopoulos explains that even though "Christian anarchism" is a relatively modern term, the early Christoyannopoulos simply and clearly chronicles the theology of Christian anarchism by drawing on notable advocates over the last two millennia. He affirms that the foundation of Christian anarchism is a rejection of violence. In following Jesus' nonviolent message these adherents withdrew their support for civil government, as all states retain power by using, or threatening to use, force. Christoyannopoulos explains that even though "Christian anarchism" is a relatively modern term, the early church (such as the Church Fathers) had anarchist ideals by following Jesus' pacifist teachings rather than the militaristic empire of the day. However after Christianity became the official state religion in the 4th century, the church transgressed from a humble bottom-up sect to an authoritarian top-down organisation. Christoyannopoulos notes that Christian pacifism and anarchism were then submerged for nearly a millennium until the Middle Ages. He then cites the emergence of various pacifist/anarchist Christians such as Francis of Assisi, Peter Chelcicky and Leo Tolstoy. One minor criticism. The conclusion is titled "The Prophetic Role of Christian Anarchism" and includes the section "Christian anarchists as prophets". The term "prophet" does not sit comfortably with me. I much prefer the preceding chapter "Examples of Christian Anarchist Witness". I would call myself a witness, not a prophet, due to Revelations and a belief that humanity has been blessed with all the prophets it needs. However even with this criticism, it is still amongst the best books I've ever read and in my opinion on a par with Gandhi's autobiography. If need be beg, borrow (but don't steal) a copy! Hardcover vs. paperback: I own a copy of both the hardcover and paperback. The much cheaper paperback version has the same main text as the hardcover and is "abridged" solely because it has lighter footnotes. Any long key footnotes from the hardcover are incorporated in the main text of the paperback within square brackets, so you are not losing out. I actually prefer the paperback as the binding is better quality.

  4. 4 out of 5

    John Jones

    Personally thought this book was very informative, this was honesty more of a focus material of Fathers of the Church, to me felt there should have been a little more Christology on the matter, but was more political and a lot of focus was given through in Idol Tolstoy, personally felt sermons given was a little conflicting with doctrine and humility, for some of the doctrine I believed meant another meaning. Alexandre deserves a 5 star because he was very informative on political stand point bu Personally thought this book was very informative, this was honesty more of a focus material of Fathers of the Church, to me felt there should have been a little more Christology on the matter, but was more political and a lot of focus was given through in Idol Tolstoy, personally felt sermons given was a little conflicting with doctrine and humility, for some of the doctrine I believed meant another meaning. Alexandre deserves a 5 star because he was very informative on political stand point but I feel Christian Anarchism is more of a liberation with prudence, not a political party but what's human with prudent mentality in accordance to the Divine. This is one of the best Political Christian Anarchism books available today, in worth adding to a collection of Charismatic guidance but not to fully accept all it's guidance's but use your diligence to determine proper liberation. Sincerely, John Shelton Jones

  5. 4 out of 5

    Naum

    A meticulous tour de force survey of Christian Anarchism -- extended from a doctoral thesis by the author, looks at veins of Christian Anarchist theology, from the early church to Tolstoy, Dorothy Day & Catholic Worker movement, anarcho-capitalists of lewrockwell.com, Jacques Ellul and sympathetic theologians like Walter Wink, John Howard Yoder, etc.… Opening "Introduction" chapter begins by identifying the thinkers and lumping them into various buckets, noting the band of differences that exist A meticulous tour de force survey of Christian Anarchism -- extended from a doctoral thesis by the author, looks at veins of Christian Anarchist theology, from the early church to Tolstoy, Dorothy Day & Catholic Worker movement, anarcho-capitalists of lewrockwell.com, Jacques Ellul and sympathetic theologians like Walter Wink, John Howard Yoder, etc.… Opening "Introduction" chapter begins by identifying the thinkers and lumping them into various buckets, noting the band of differences that exist in Christian anarchist thought -- on pacifism, private property, orthodoxy in Christian theology, etc.… Chapter 1 lays out how the entire blueprint/foundation of Christian Anarchism is contained in Matthew 5-7, the sermon on the mount, which is a litmus test for a Christian Anarchist. While an evangelical Christians define themselves based on having a "personal relationship" with Jesus (these are my words here, not in the actual chapter), a Christian Anarchist is defined by taking Matthew 5-7 literally to heart -- swearing no oath to the state (or other human being), loving enemies, giving freely to brothers and sisters, etc.… Chapter 2 looks at other teachings of Jesus and Paul, and briefly the Old Testament which is mostly confined to 1 Sam 8. And in the latter part of the chapter, some counterpoints to commonly voiced rebuttal to the non-violence espoused by Jesus. Chapter 3 examines at post-Constantine church infidelity and idolatry in aligning with state over the truth of Jesus. Chapter 4 goes into more detail, giving a Christian Anarchist exegesis of Romans 13. Also taxes, conscription and civil disobedience are explored. Chapter 5 pronounces the Christian Anarchist "collective witness as the true church". Chapter 6 traverses history of Christian Anarchist stream movements -- from times of pre-Constantine, to the middle ages, then modern groups.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Roland Clark

    In Christian Anarchism, Alexandre Christoyannopoulos lays out how various “Christian anarchists” understood the Bible. Christoyannopoulos correctly observes that modern anarchism would have been meaningless before the appearance of the modern state, leaving him with only a relatively small sample of people who fit this description. Of these, even fewer wrote extensively about the Bible, and not many were highly educated or particularly sophisticated theologians. Including those who did not embra In Christian Anarchism, Alexandre Christoyannopoulos lays out how various “Christian anarchists” understood the Bible. Christoyannopoulos correctly observes that modern anarchism would have been meaningless before the appearance of the modern state, leaving him with only a relatively small sample of people who fit this description. Of these, even fewer wrote extensively about the Bible, and not many were highly educated or particularly sophisticated theologians. Including those who did not embrace the term “anarchist” themselves, the individuals whose writings feature most prominently in Christoyannopoulos’ study include Leo Tolstoy, Jacques Ellul, Vernard Eller, Michael C. Elliott, Dave Andrews, Peter Chelčický, Adin Ballou, Ched Myers, Walter Wink, and John Howard Yoder. Without much commentary of his own, Christoyannopoulos tells us what each of them thinks about key Bible passages such as the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), the Israelites’ plea for a king (1 Samuel 8), the temptation of Christ (Matthew 4), Jesus’ teaching about paying taxes (Mark 12), Jesus’ cleansing of the temple (Matthew 21), Jesus’ trial (John 18), Paul’s exhortation to submit to the authorities (Romans 13), and the defeat of the dragon in the Apocalypse (Revelation 12-13). This makes for fairly pedestrian reading at times, and the book exposes how little theology has actually been written from an anarchist perspective. Perhaps this should not be surprising, because the anarchist hermeneutic is a fairly literal one that focuses more on doing than on interpretation. In the words of Dave Andrews, “to quote these Be-Attitudes is religious – but to act on them is revolutionary”. See my full review here: https://wordsbecamebooks.com/2017/01/...

  7. 4 out of 5

    John

    Outstanding analysis and incredibly thorough political commentary on the Gospels and, particularly, their consistent opposition to earthly authority. Alleged peaceful Christian anarchists that oppose government force and violence, as it pertains to waging war, are "a dime a dozen." Those that realize, as reflected in Christoyannopoulos commentary, are refreshing: recognizing that there is absolutely nothing--not one single thing--that a government can do, regardless of intent, without a threat o Outstanding analysis and incredibly thorough political commentary on the Gospels and, particularly, their consistent opposition to earthly authority. Alleged peaceful Christian anarchists that oppose government force and violence, as it pertains to waging war, are "a dime a dozen." Those that realize, as reflected in Christoyannopoulos commentary, are refreshing: recognizing that there is absolutely nothing--not one single thing--that a government can do, regardless of intent, without a threat of force against those that refuse to conform. This, Christ would oppose, at "every turn." Peace.

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    Jason

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