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  Christian anarchism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Christian anarchism (also known as Christian libertarianism) is the belief that the only source of authority to which Christians are ultimately answerable is God, embodied in the teachings of Jesus.
Some Christian anarchists point out that this merger of Church and state marks the beginning of the Constantinian shift, in which Christianity gradually came to be identified with the will of the ruling elite and, in some cases, a religious justification for the exercise of power.
Christian anarchists, like Christian fundamentalists, counter this passage as a defense of the state by saying there are many laws made by Man that do not necessarily reflect the "Word of God", such as "just wars".
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 Learn more about Religion in the online encyclopedia.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Some historically Christian Western countries, particularly in Europe, show declining recruitment for priesthoods and monasteries, and studies in the UK show a fast-diminishing attendance at churches, synagogues, etc. The demographic group that is "losing faith" the most rapidly is the most well-educated classes.
Christianity is noted for the founding of many major universities, the creation of hospitals, the giving of food and medical supplies, and the creation of orphanages and schools, to name a few.
Christianity claims to be monotheistic, although some writers find this idea problematic since Christian doctrine has developed a notion of God as one essence in three persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), explained in the doctrine of the Trinity.
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 Anarchism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Anarchism as a political philosophy, is the belief that all forms of social coercion, such as governments and social hierarchies are undesireable.
Christian anarchy can be said to have roots as old as the religion's birth, as the early church exhibits many anarchistic tendencies, such as communal goods and wealth.
While big 'A' Anarchism referred to ideological Anarchists, small 'a' anarchism was applied to their methodological counterparts; those who viewed anarchism as "a way of acting, or a historical tendency against illegitimate authority." As an anti-ideological position, small 'a' anarchism shares some similarities with post-left anarchy.
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 Yahoo! GeoCities - christianarchy's Home Page
The christian anarchist colonial undertakings were financed by their own Federatief Fonds (Federative Fund), and they were only loosely connected to the larger union Gemeenschappelijk Grondbezit (G.G.B.), which they supported cordially but which was not christian anarchist: it aimed at uniting all willing to support the idea, irrespective of any attachment to religious ideals.
I propose the classification "transcendental anarchists" and the correspondending "transcendental anarchism".
When he died in 1959 anarchism, christian or not, seemed to be a thing of the remote past in the Netherlands - but here too is a legacy that is for the future even more than for the past, rich though it may be.
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 Britannica: Anarchism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
But it is especially in several early Christian movements, beginning with the ninth century in Armenia, and in the preachings of the early Hussites, particularly Chojecki, and the early Anabaptists, especially Hans Denk (cf.
This created in the general public the impression that violence is the substance of anarchism, a view repudiated by its supporters, who hold that in reality violence is resorted to by all parties in proportion as their open action is obstructed by repression, and exceptional laws render them outlaws.
Anarchism continued to develop, partly in the direction of Proudhonian 'mutuellisme', but chiefly as communist-anarchism, to which a third direction, Christian-anarchism, was added by Leo Tolstoy, and a fourth, which might be ascribed as literary-anarchism, began amongst some prominent modern writers.
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 Individualist anarchism - Libertarian Wiki
Individualist Anarchism is a philosophical tradition that opposes collectivism and has a particularly strong emphasis on the supremacy and autonomy of the individual.
While individualist anarchism is often seen as including William Godwin and Max Stirner, it is most often associated with the market anarchism found in the native American tradition, which advocates individual ownership of the produce of labor and a market economy where this property may be bought and sold.
Tucker defines anarchism as "the doctrine that all the affairs of men should be managed by individuals or voluntary associations, and that the State should be abolished" (State Socialism and Anarchism).
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 Christian anarchism: Encyclopedia topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Historically, some Christians therefore felt that earthly authority such as government (government: The organization that is the governing authority of a political unit), or indeed the established church does not and should not have power over them.
This is equivalent to mainstream Anarchism (Anarchism: A political theory favoring the abolition of governments), with a basis of spiritual justification.
The Doukabors fled repression in Tsarist Russia and migrated to Canada, mostly in the provinces of Saskatchewan (Saskatchewan: One of the three prairie provinces in west central Canada) and British Columbia (British Columbia: A province in western Canada), the funds for the trip were paid for by Quakers and the Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy.
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Although the word anarchism is understood by many in its classic sense(that defined by dictionaries and by anarchists of history), the word is often misused and misunderstood.
Anarchism today is being used to find solutions the problems of power; not just state power, but corporate power and all immediate forms of domination among individuals and organizations.
Because of the misuse of anarchism, the simple dictionary definitions of anarchism, and the different interpretations of anarchism the word can take on many meanings, but the truly accurate meaning of the word anarchism can be found in anarchist history, anarchist writings and anarchist practice.
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 Individualist Anarchism v. Communist Anarchism and Libertarianism
Over the last century, however, the theory of individualist anarchism has changed dramatically and it has drifted far away from the other schools of anarchism: by which I mean communist anarchism, anarcho-syndicalism, and Christian anarchism.
Christian anarchism, as a movement, is usually attributed to Leo Tolstoy and its name is fairly self-explanatory.
Communist anarchism contains the notion of economic coercion; that is, even if a worker consents to a certain wage, consents to have a portion of his labor stolen by the capitalist, the consent doesn't count because it was obtained through duress.
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 "Anarchism", by Peter Kropotkin, 1910   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
It maintains that the aim of all superior civilization is, not to permit all members of the community to develop in a normal way, but to permit certain better endowed individuals 'fully to develop', even at the cost of the happiness and the very existence of the mass of mankind.
He demanded the complete abolition of the state, which - he wrote is a product of religion, belongs to a lower state of civilization, represents the negation of liberty, and spoils even that which it undertakes to do for the sake of general well-being.
Anarchism and Outrage, by C. Wilson, and Report of the Spanish Atrocities Committee, in 'Freedom Pamphlets'; A Concise History of the Great Trial of the Chicago Anarchists, by Dyer Lum (New York, 1886); The Chicago Martyrs: Speeches, etc.).
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 Articles - Christian anarchism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Some Christian anarchists are pacifists, and oppose the use of both proactive (offensive) and reactive (defensive) physical force.
Jacques Ellul held a different view on pacifism and the Christian faith, as he seemed to lean towards violence when there was little option but to be slaughtered as lambs.
A few of the key historic messages Christian anarchists practice are the principles of nonviolence, nonresistance and turning the other cheek, which are illustrated in many passages of the New Testament and Hebrew Bible (e.g.
www.sewing-center.com /articles/Christian_anarchism   (3139 words)

 Popular manifesto for Christian anarchism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
An English fellow-reseacher in the field of christian anarchism expressed as his opinion to me not so long ago that the only future for Christianity lies in anarchism - and vice versa.
The Australian Andrews is neither theologian nor historian, and his summing up against the fall of Christianity, as the Dutch theologian Heering calls it, sounds mainly emotional: fraud, violence, murder and manslaughter, all in the name of "the great loving anarchist from Nazareth" (as Dutch [and Jewish] christian anarcho-syndicalist S.v.d.
Christian anarchism is a living reality, and now it has got what might be called a popular manifesto.
www.geocities.com /christianarchy/Andreng.htm   (426 words)

 Order without Violence -- The Christmas Conspiracy!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Christian anarchists believe that society is more orderly, harmonious, and prosperous when people are committed to Jesus Christ and His Word, rather than to the arbitrary, shifting decrees of Secular Humanism and fiat law.
A Christian is commanded to love his enemies, not "bomb them back to the Stone Age." A Christian is commanded to obtain life's necessities by voluntary exchange, not by levying a "tax." A Christian cannot be a part of "the State." A Christian cannot become an American citizen.
Christians brought liberty to the Western world by questioning the universally-accepted belief in "the divine right of kings." Now is the time for a "paradigm-shift" of equal magnitude.
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 Toward true christian anarchy. - Indymedia Ireland
Facing up to the dichotomy between anarchism and their membership of an “organised religion”.However on examination of the actual texts of christianity and especially the gospels and acts, where the direct teaching of Christ can be read, it is plain to see that he criticised and condemned the organised religion he was part of.
Islam like Christianity according to the Free mason cabal which run America is the enemy of the enlightenment project to recreate Atlantis by reconquering the world before the next slip of the axis which according to the Mayan calender is to occur on Dec 25, 2012.
Christian anarchist pacifism is not a new idea...whether we have arrived at the true one is doubtful.
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 Christian Anarchy (Eller) 1
Ellul's "anarchism" has him most markedly distinguished from and opposed to those intent on creating "a new, Christian social order." That is the group he identifies as "the Christian Left." And what we have here called "the contemporary version of radical discipleship" clearly constitutes at least one segment of that Christian Left.
Christian anarchists do not hold that arkys, by nature, are "of the devil." Such absolutist, damning talk is rather the mark of revolutionists concerned to make an enemy arky look as bad as possible in the process of making their own arky look good.
The nonconformity of Christian Anarchy--the refusal to recognize or accept the authority of the arkys of this world--is done in the name of human "freedom." And this is not at all the same thing as "autonomy"--that being the secular name for freedom, not the Christian.
www.hccentral.com /eller12/part1.html   (8597 words)

 Religion @ OnlineReligion.com (Online Religion)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
In the case of Christianity, a relevant factor may be that it was among Christians that science in the modern sense was developed.
The perceived conflict between science and Christianity may also be partially explained by a literal interpretation of the Bible adhered to by many Christians, both currently and historically.
Some Christians have disagreed or are still disagreeing with scientists in areas such as the validity of Keplerian astronomy, the theory of evolution, the method of creation of the universe and the Earth, and the origins of life.
www.onlinereligion.com   (5066 words)

 Kinds of Anarchism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
There are two terms worth to notice, right anarchism and left anarchism, these are the terms describing different kinds of anarchism, right anarchism mostly based on competition, in opposition to cooperation which is the basic belief of left anarchists.
Christian anarchism is very similar to Anarcho-communism, or communistic anarchism as it also is called.
The difference is that Christian anarchism derives some ideas and doctrines from the Christian Gospel and not philosophers.
www.bjornthegreat.com /anarchism/types.htm   (1493 words)

 PQ Broadsheet Article: APEC: Christian Anarchism (October 1999)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
As we head toward the election many Christians are considering which political parties best represent their idea of a just society.
Anarchism is voluntary cooperation for good, with the right of sucession.
Christian anarchism is based on love, equality, justice and radical democracy, believing that through mutual aid and sharing a new society can be built without the need for a state that relies ultimately on violence.
www.casi.org.nz /broadsheet/anarchy.htm   (722 words)

 LE REVUE GAUCHE - Left Analysis And Comment: Antinominalist Anarchism
Other forms of Christian anarchism would be Tolstoy and the Catholic Workers movement of Dorothy Day.
He argued that Christians were obligated to be pacifists, and that pacifists, in turn, were obligated to be anarchists — since government is based on the use of force.
The New Life movement was influenced by Emerson's Transendentalism, as well as by mystical christianity and the socialist ideal of the brotherhood of man.
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 Christian Anarchism Encyclopedia Article @ PriceOfFreedom.com (Price of Freedom)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The funds for the trip were paid for by the Quakers and Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy.
The Joe Hill House of hospitality (which closed in 1968) in Salt Lake City, Utah featured an enormous twelve feet by fifteen foot mural of Jesus Christ and Joe Hill.
He was a practicing anarchist, draft dodger, vegetarian and tax resister.
www.priceoffreedom.com /encyclopedia/Christian_anarchism   (2994 words)

Christian anarchists use tax resistance to ease their conscience.
If one of the fundamental teachings of Christianity is nonviolence then why do two committed Christians (i.e.
As Christian friends were endeavouring to convert me, so were Muslim friends.
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 Anarchism & Liberation in Emergent Dialogue - Pop Occulture
Both Christian Anarchism and Liberation Theology seem to me to be historical intellectual precedents to certain aspects of the Emergent movement.
Ellul posited that Christian faith, outside its institutional structure was essentially an anarchist tradition which eschewed all systems of domination, be they political or ecclesiastical.
To me, this means hitching all our wagons together so that we’re in a pan-religious pan-ideological emergent movement, rather than one restricted solely to Christianity, or to politics in the case of anarchism.
www.timboucher.com /journal/2005/03/25/anarchism-liberation-in-emergent-dialogue   (845 words)

 Clarion Journal - Christian Anarchism: An Aberration of Sorts
It is important to note that as revisionist historians revisit, reread and reinterpret the Christian past (and use such a past for the present), we are seeing the resurgence of both Gnostics and Zealots today.
The fact that Christianity was now part of the Roman establishment, and the Church reflected such Roman (rather than Jewish prophetic ways) traditions meant that a recovery of authentic faith was much needed.
It is this revisionist and anarchist rereading of Christian history that is very much in vogue and quite trendy at the present time.
www.clarion-journal.ca /article.php?story=20040719112527455   (3511 words)

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