March 13, 2010 by The Mormon Worker
Dear Mormon Worker:
I thought I would email you to inform you of the publication of a
revised version of my doctoral thesis, titled /Christian Anarchism: A
Political Commentary on the Gospel/ (which you figure in!), with
Imprint Academic. I thought you might be interested, if not in reading
it, perhaps at least in knowing of its presence on the market.
For anyone who might be interested in getting a copy, it can be
purchased with a discount via the publisher’s website here,
or otherwise from most alternative online booksellers.
See below for further details. Please circulate as widely as you wish to.
/A Political Commentary on the Gospel/
(Hardback – 1 Jan 2010)
*By Alexandre Christoyannopoulos*
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.
Alexandre Christoyannopoulos, however, provides precisely such a
study, and thereby presents Christian anarchism to both the wider
public and the wider academic community.
Dr Alexandre Christoyannopoulos is an Associate Lecturer at the
University of Kent where he received his PhD in Politics and
Government in 2008.
“Dr Christoyannopoulos has produced a superb discussion of Christian
anarchism from Tolstoy to the present day. 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
Professor David McLellan, author /Karl Marx: A Biography/
“Alexandre Chistoyannopoulos’s engaging and intelligent study of Christian
anarchism directly confronts the perception that these two traditions
of thought are incompatible. At the heart of this scholarly discussion
is the work of Tolstoy but the analysis is enriched by an examination
of a much wider range of writers and movements. Anyone interested in
the vital issues of non-violence, the limits of political obligation,
resistance, compassion and justice will find this book enormously
Dr Ruth Kinna, Senior Lecturer in Politics at Loughborough University,
editor of /Anarchist Studies/