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Author Christoyannopoulos, Alexandre
Title Christian Anarchism : A Political Commentary on the Gospel (Abridged Edition)
Imprint Luton, Bedfordshire : Andrews UK Ltd., 2011
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Descript 1 online resource (463 pages)
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Note Cover -- Contents -- Front matter -- Title page -- Copyright page -- Quotations -- Acknowledgements -- Body matter -- Introduction - Christian "Anarchism"? -- Locating Christian anarchism -- In political theology -- In political thought -- Outlining Christian anarchism -- Aims, limits, and originality -- Technical issues -- The structure of this book -- Christian anarchist "thinkers" -- Leo Tolstoy -- Jacques Ellul -- Vernard Eller -- Michael C. Elliott -- Dave Andrews -- Key writers in the Catholic Worker movement -- Writers behind other Christian anarchist publications -- William Lloyd Garrison -- Hugh O. Pentecost -- Nicolas Berdyaev -- William T. Cavanaugh -- Jonathan Bartley -- Christian anarcho-capitalists -- George Tarleton -- Supportive thinkers -- Part I - The Christian Anarchist Critique of the State -- Chapter 1 - The Sermon on the Mount: A Manifesto for Christian Anarchism -- 1.1 - Resist not evil -- 1.1.1 - Jesus' three illustrations -- 1.1.2 - A purposeful reaction -- 1.1.3 - Beyond lex talionis -- 1.1.4 - The cycle of violence -- 1.1.5 - Overcoming of the cycle of violence -- 1.1.6 - Anarchist implications -- 1.2 - Judge not -- 1.3 - Love your enemies -- 1.4 - Swear not at all -- 1.5 - The Golden Rule -- 1.6 - Reflections on other passages in the Sermon -- 1.6.1 - Be not angry -- 1.6.2 - Commit no adultery -- 1.6.3 - Seek no praise -- 1.6.4 - The Beatitudes -- 1.6.5 - Worry not about security -- 1.6.6 - Be the salt and the light -- 1.7 - Fulfilling the Old Law -- 1.8 - A manifesto for Christian anarchism -- Chapter 2 - The Anarchism Implied in Jesus' Other Teachings and Example -- 2.1 - The Old Testament -- 2.1.1 - 1 Samuel 8 -- 2.1.2 - Other Old Testament passages -- 2.2 - Expectations of a political messiah -- 2.3 - Jesus' third temptation in the wilderness -- 2.4 - Exorcisms and miracle healings
2.5 - Forgive seventy-seven times -- 2.6 - Not judging one another -- 2.7 - Being servants -- 2.8 - The temple cleansing -- 2.9 - Jesus' arrest -- 2.10 - Jesus' trial -- 2.11 - Jesus' crucifixion -- 2.11.1 - Paul's "powers" -- 2.11.2 - The defeat of the powers -- 2.11.3 - The crucified "messiah" -- 2.11.4 - The crux of Jesus' political teaching -- 2.11.5 - Taking up the cross -- 2.12 - Jesus' resurrection -- 2.13 - Revelation -- 2.14 - Allegedly violent passages -- 2.15 - Jesus' anarchist teaching and example -- Chapter 3 - The State's Wickedness and the Church's Infidelity -- 3.1 - The history of Christendom -- 3.1.1 - Constantine's temptation of the early church -- 3.1.2 - Christendom and beyond -- 3.2 - The modern state and economy -- 3.2.1 - The "state" -- 3.2.2 - State violence -- 3.2.3 - State deception -- 3.2.4 - Economic exploitation -- 3.2.5 - The state as idolatry -- 3.3 - Church doctrine in support of the state -- 3.3.1 - Reinterpretations of Jesus' commandments in the Sermon on the Mount -- 3.3.2 - Reinterpretations of non-resistance -- 3.3.3 - Support for political authority -- 3.4 - Deceptive dogmas -- 3.4.1 - Sanctimonious self-righteousness -- 3.4.2 - Obscure rituals and beliefs -- 3.4.3 - Institutional religion -- 3.5 - Awakening to true Christianity -- Part II - The Christian Anarchist Response -- Chapter 4 - Responding to the State -- 4.1 - Paul's letter to Roman Christians, chapter 13 -- 4.1.1 - Paul's weaknesses -- 4.1.2 - The Christian anarchist exegesis: subversive subjection -- 4.1.3 - Similar passages in the New Testament -- 4.2 - Jesus' advice on taxes -- 4.2.1 - Caesar's things and God's things -- 4.2.2 - The temple tax and fish episode -- 4.3 - Pondering the role of civil disobedience -- 4.3.1 - Against civil disobedience -- 4.3.2 - For (non-violent) civil disobedience -- 4.3.3 - Obedience to God
4.4 - Disregarding the organs of the state -- 4.4.1 - Holding office and voting -- 4.4.2 - Paying taxes -- 4.4.3 - Conscription and war -- 4.4.4 - Other state services -- 4.5 - On revolutionary methods -- 4.5.1 - No compromise with violence -- 4.5.2 - Revolution by example -- Chapter 5 - Collective Witness as the True Church -- 5.1 - "A new society within the shell of the old" -- 5.1.1 - Repenting and joining the church -- 5.1.2 - An economy of care and sacrifice -- 5.1.3 - Subversive organisation -- 5.2 - A difficult mission -- 5.2.1 - Dealing with evil in the community -- 5.2.2 - Heroic sacrifices by church members -- 5.3 - Trust in God -- 5.3.1 - A beacon of faith -- 5.3.2 - The mysterious growth of a mustard seed -- Chapter 6 - Examples of Christian Anarchist Witness -- 6.1 - Pre-modern examples -- 6.1.1 - Early Christians -- 6.1.2 - The Middle Ages and the Reformation -- 6.2 - Modern examples -- 6.2.1 - Garrison and his followers -- 6.2.2 - Ballou and the Hopedale community -- 6.2.3 - Tolstoy's personal example -- 6.2.4 - Tolstoyism and Tolstoyan colonies -- 6.2.5 - Gandhi: a leader by example -- 6.2.6 - The Catholic Worker movement -- 6.2.7 - A Pinch of Salt and The Digger and Christian Anarchist -- 6.2.8 - Online communities -- 6.2.9 - Andrews' community work -- 6.3 - Incomplete examples -- Conclusion - The Prophetic Role of Christian Anarchism -- "Christian anarchists" and "Christian anarchism" -- The kingdom of God in history -- "Hastening" God's kingdom -- History's mysterious unfolding -- The temptation of normal political action -- Relentless prophecy at the margins -- Love, justice, and social ontology -- Christian anarchists as prophets -- Distinguishing church and state -- Christian anarchism's original contribution -- Epilogue -- Back matter -- Bibliography -- Also available
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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