Living on Hope While Living in Babylon: The Christian Anarchists of the Twentieth Century

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Though Christendom has come to an end, it appears that old habits die hard. Jesus promised his followers neither safety nor affluence, but rather that those who come after him should expect persecution. Christian discipleship and tribal nationalism, however, despite the legal separation of church and state, continue to be co-opted into the nation-state project of prosperity and security. This co-option has made it difficult for the church to recognize her task to be a prophetic witness both for and against the state. That only a small pocket of Christians bear witness against such an accommodation of Christian practice is disconcerting; and yet, it breeds hope. In Living on Hope While Living in Babylon, Tripp York examines a few twentieth century Christians who lived such a witness, including the Berrigan brothers, Dorothy Day, and Eberhard Arnold. These witnesses can be viewed as anarchical in the sense that their loyalty to Christ undermines the pseudo-soteriological myth employed by the state. While these Christians have been labeled pilgrims, revolutionaries, nomads, subversives, agitators, and now, anarchists, they are more importantly seekers of the peace of the city whose chief desire is for those belonging to the temporal cities to be able to participate in the eternal city—the city of God. By examining their ideas and their actions, this book will attempt to understand how the politics of the church—an apocalyptic politic—is necessary for the church to understand her mission as bearer of the gospel.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556356858
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 138
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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    This book centers around Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s critique of the triple axis of evil (materialism, militarism, and racism), and how the lives of Christians such as Philip and Dan Berrigan, Dorothy Day and Clarence Jordan undermine this triple axis of evil with their lives. This little book offers a lovely critique of the principalities and powers, specifically as they are orchestrated through governments, and provides specific witnesses to how Christians can stop worrying about controlling the government, and begin creating their own communities that revolve around the politics of Jesus.

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