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Title: A Christian anarchist critique of violence: From turning the other cheek to a rejection of the state
Authors: Christoyannopoulos, Alexandre J.M.E.
Keywords: Anarchism
Christianity
Non-resistance
Sermon on the Mount
Violence
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: © Inter-Disciplinary Press
Citation: CHRISTOYANNOPOULOS, A.J.M.E., 2010. A Christian anarchist critique of violence: From turning the other cheek to a rejection of the state. IN: King, S., Salzani, C. and Staley, O. (eds.) Law, Morality and Politics: Global Perspectives on Violence and the State, Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, pp. 19-26.
Abstract: Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is seen by many Christians as a moving summary of his message to the community of Christian disciples. For Christian anarchist thinkers like Tolstoy, Ellul, Elliott, and Andrews among others, it also contains Jesus’ most poignant statement on violence – his call to turn the other cheek – a statement which, they argue, cannot but ultimately imply a condemnation of the state for its theoretical and practical monopoly over the allegedly legitimate use of violence. This paper offers an overview of this radical political exegesis, thus showing why, for Christian anarchists, the very core of Christianity cannot but imply a form of (non-violent) anarchism.
Description: This book chapter originally appeared in King, S., Salzani, C. and Staley, O. (eds.) Law, Morality and Politics: Global Perspectives on Violence and the State, in 2010, first published by the Inter-Disciplinary Press".
Version: Published
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/27365
ISBN: 978-1-84888-041-2
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