Christian Anarchism. A Political Commentary on the Gospel

Author: Alexandre Christoyannopoulos
ISBN: 978-1- 84540247-1
Price: ?17.95
Year: 2011
Publisher: Imprint Academic

The influence all over the world of the Catholic Worker movement, founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin in New York in 1933, has meant that the tradition of ?Christian anarchism? has reached a wider group of people than before: this would have been particularly true when the movement was strongest in America in the years just before the Second World War. Dr Christoyannopoulos? book, based closely on a doctoral thesis for Kent University, is a comprehensive survey of the whole Christian anarchist tradition. Almost by definition Christian anarchists cannot be put together into a clearly defined group; indeed some of those whom Christoyannopoulos examines would even question whether they should be so identified, so this is a very useful resource and thoroughly researched. The biggest figure in the tradition is surely the great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, and the author draws extensively on his works and gives a clear picture of Tolstoy?s break with the Russian Orthodox Church.

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