Anarchy and Christianity

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Jacque Ellul blends politics, theology, history, and exposition in this analysis of the relationship between political anarchy and biblical faith. While he clarifies the views of each and how they can be related, his aim is not to proselytize either anarchists into Christianity or Christians into anarchy.

On the one hand, suggests Ellul, anarchists need to understand that much of their criticism of Christianity applies only to the form of religion that developed not to biblical ...

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Overview

Jacque Ellul blends politics, theology, history, and exposition in this analysis of the relationship between political anarchy and biblical faith. While he clarifies the views of each and how they can be related, his aim is not to proselytize either anarchists into Christianity or Christians into anarchy.

On the one hand, suggests Ellul, anarchists need to understand that much of their criticism of Christianity applies only to the form of religion that developed not to biblical faith. Christians, on the other hand, need to look at the biblical texts and not reject anarchy as a political option, for it seems closest to biblical thinking.

After charting the background of his own interest in the subject, Ellul defines what he means by anarchy: the nonviolent repudiation of authority. He goes on to look at the Bible as the source of anarchy (in the sense of nondomination, not disorder), working through Old Testament history, Jesus' ministry, and finally the early church's view of power as reflected in the New Testament writings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606089712
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2011
  • Series: Jacques Ellul Legacy Series
  • Pages: 109
  • Sales rank: 632,692
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Legacy Series Foreword Jacques Ellul vii

Introduction 1

I Anarchy from a Christian Standpoint 11

1 What Anarchy? 11

2 Anarchy's Complaints against Christianity 23

II The Bible as the Source of Anarchy 45

1 The Hebrew Bible 46

2 Jesus 56

3 Revelation 71

4 1 Peter 74

5 Paul 77

Appendixes 86

The Interpretation of Romans 13:1-2 Karl Barth Alphonse Maillot 86

1 Karl Barth 86

2 Alphonse Maillot 89

Conscientious Objectors 91

Testimony: Priest and Anarchist Adrien Duchosal 96

Conclusion 103

Index of Names 106

Index of Scripture References 108

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