Christian Anarchism: A Political Commentary on the Gospel


March 8, 2011 by The Mormon Worker

Dear all:

It is my pleasure to announce the publication of a slightly abridged paperback (hence much cheaper) version of Christian Anarchism: A Political Commentary on the Gospel. Further details can be found below and on

Best wishes,

Christian Anarchism
A Political Commentary on the Gospel
(Paperback – 1 March 2011)

By Alexandre Christoyannopoulos
ISBN 978-1845402471
Imprint Academic

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.

Christian anarchism, the first generic study bringing together these different thinkers and reflecting on their contribution, is here made available in an abridged edition, thereby presenting Christian anarchism to a wider public.

“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 politics.”
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 illuminating.”
Dr Ruth Kinna, editor of Anarchist Studies

Dr Alexandre Christoyannopoulos
Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
Department of Politics, History and International Relations

One thought on “Christian Anarchism: A Political Commentary on the Gospel

  1. nat kelly says:

    Thanks for the notice. I’ve added it to my goodreads and hope to get it sometime soon.

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