July 17, 2012 Leave a comment
A couple of times now I’ve been party to conversations in which “Christian anarchism” comes into play (most recent). Each time, someone has reacted by saying that anarchy is chaos and is therefore against all that is good and godly. Regardless of whether someone looks on Christian anarchism with favor or disfavor, one should at least understand the philosophy and practice before deciding. I hope these resources will help in this regard.
Anarchism definition: “Anarchism is generally defined as the political philosophy which holds the state to be undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful, or alternatively as opposing authority and hierarchical organization in the conduct of human relations. Proponents of anarchism, known as ‘anarchists’, advocate stateless societies based on non-hierarchical voluntary associations” (Wikipedia).
Christian anarchism definition: “[T]he belief that there is only one source of authority to which Christians are ultimately answerable, the authority of God as embodied in the teachings of Jesus. More than any other Bible source the Sermon on the Mount, and Jesus’ call to not resist evil but turn the other cheek, are used as the basis for Christian anarchism” (Wikipedia).
- Was Jesus an Anarchist? (Christoyannopoulos, BBC, 2011)
- The Bible, Government and Christian Anarchy (Boyd, ReKnew, 2008)
- UPDATE: It’s Only Shorthand (Christoyannopoulos, JesusRadicals.com, 2012)
- That Holy Anarchist (Van Steenwyk, 2012)
- Christian Anarchism: A Political Commentary on the Gospel (Christoyannopoulos, 2011)
- Anarchy and Apocalypse: Essays on Faith, Violence, and Theodicy (Osborn, 2010) SDA
A Primer on Christian Anarchism (Van Steenwyk, Jesus Radicals, 2012)