{Anarchie et christianisme. English] Anarchy and Christianity / Jacques Ellul; translated by Geoffrey W. Bromiley. p. cm. Translation of; Anarchie et christianisme. Jacques Ellul often made brief comments, in his fifty or so books, affirming a kind of anarchism as the Anarchy and Christianity is his extended essay on the. Jacques Ellul blends politics, theology, history, and exposition in this analysis of the relationship between political anarchy and biblical faith. On the one hand.

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My christiznity introduction to the thought of Christian anarchists came from a pamphlet by Jaques Ellul: Ellul can be an incredibly dense read and sometimes I need to reread him in order for things to make sense or to sink in.

Book Review: Anarchy and Christianity by Jacques Ellul

There is much that I like about this little book but there are some significant disagreements as well. In this post I want to grapple through some of those disagreements as well as to share some of the things that really resonated with me. One of the things I am not going to do is to lay out the whole argument for you. For one thing, like I said, Ellul is dense. I also believe that if you really want to know about something you have a duty to educate yourself.

What I want to do, though, is to use this review as a jumping off point to explore some of the areas where I disagree with some of the main thinkers of Christian anarchism. Ellul spends the majority of the treatise laying out what he believes it he biblical case for anarchy. He believes and I am inclined to agree with him that the best reading of the Bible leads to a belief in anarchy. But what about conversion and faith?


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That is another matter. It does not relate so much to salvation, in spite of the common view. It is a taking of responsibility. After conversion we are committed to a certain lifestyle and to a certain service that God requires of us. Hence adherence to the Christian faith is not in any sense a privilege in relation to other people but an addittional commission, a responsibility, a new work. We are not, then, to engage in proselytizing. My faith calls me to be concerned for all of humanity. Can one have a concern for humanity without christianuty

In some ways, I think I might be too selfish to live without faith. I sometimes need the reminder that there is something larger to live for than my own petty concerns.

I think anarchy is a taking on of responsibility. It is the idea that I am responsible for what happens, not only in my own life, but also in the world. He advocates that one way we uacques this is to school our own children without taking help from the government and other structures.

I have long been an advocate of homeschooling. I was homeschooled and it changed my life for the better. It also saved me from years of bullying. I would not have done well in a traditional school. I believe that homeschooling probably saved my life. It definitely cheistianity my mind. Set up a marginal society which will not be interested in such things, in which there will be no power, authority, or hierarchy.


Do not do things as they are usually done in society, which you cannot change. Create another society on another foundation. My main divergence from Ellul is in his reading of Scripture.

Book Review: Anarchy and Christianity by Jacques Ellul – Shannon T.L. Kearns

He comes out on the side of passive acceptance of the empires and dominions of the world. I think that when you read the Gospels with the light of the Roman Empire anatchy mind you can see that there were specific instances where Jesus is forcefully though non-violently resisting the Empire.

Continually calling it out. Turning over tables, etc. That is the key in my mind; both active resistance coupled with setting up new structures. It seems in my reading that some of the christian anarchists advocate passivity because of a belief that God will return and set everything right and that all we need to do is wait and not get bogged down in evil.

But I believe that we have a responsibility to not only not get bogged down, but to resist evil as well. This complaint will come up again as I review the work of Vernard Eller in a bit.

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