26 February 2010

Book: Christian Anarchism: A Political Commentary on the Gospel

Alexandre Christoyannopoulos, "Christian Anarchism: A Political Commentary on the Gospel" (Imprint Academic, January 2010).

Publisher's description: "Christian anarchism has been around for at least as long as 'secular' anarchism. The existing literature cites Leo Tolstoy as its most famous (sometimes even as the only) proponent, but there are many others, such as Jacques Ellul, Vernard Eller, Dave Andrews or the people associated with the Catholic Worker movement. Both individually and collectively, these Christian anarchists offer a compelling critique of the state, the church and the economy based on numerous passages from the New Testament. Yet despite the relevance and growth of this literature, no generic study bringing together these different thinkers or reflecting on their contribution has been published to date, because such work involves meticulous searching, compiling and structuring of countless different texts and sources, not all of which are easily accessed. This book, however, provides precisely such a study, and thereby presents Christian anarchism to both the wider public and the wider academic community."


Endorsements: "Alexandre Chistoyannopoulos's [sic] engaging and intelligent study of Christian anarchism directly confronts the perception that these two traditions of thought are incompatible. [...] Anyone interested in the vital issues of non-violence, the limits of political obligation, resistance, compassion and justice will find this book enormously illuminating." (Ruth Kinna, Loughborough University)

"He combines a wide scope and meticulous scholarship with impressive analytical ability. He also writes clearly and well – not always the case in this area. This book is required reading for those interested in alternative conceptions of politics." (David McLellan, University of Kent/Goldsmith's College, University of London)

Alexandre J.M.E. Christoyannopoulos is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Kent, where he received his PhD in Politics and Government in 2008. This book is a revised version of his doctoral thesis.

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