Christian anarchy, the belief that in Jesus teachings may be found an inherent opposition to systematic secular rule and an inclinations towards war and oppression, is a credence that dates back as far as Christianity itself. York focuses on the movement's modern manifestations and their potential as models for contemporary Christian life. The author examines a few twentieth century Christians from varying religious traditions who lived such a witness, including the Berrigan brothers, Dorothy Day, and Eberhard Arnold. These witnesses can be viewed as anarchical in the sense that their loyalty to Christ undermines the pseudo-stereological myth employed by the state. While these Christians have been labeled pilgrims, revolutionaries, nomads, subversives, agitators, and now, anarchists, they are more importantly seekers of the peace of the city whose chief desire is for those belonging to the temporal cities to be able to participate in the eternal city, the city of God.
Tripp York is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Elon University, in Elon, North Carolina. His writings have appeared in multiple journals, magazines and books, and is the author of The Purple Crown: The Politics of Martyrdom (Herald Press, 2007)
Introduction; 1. A Christian Anarchist Politic; 2. Apocalyptic Politics;3. Catholic Workers Unite;4. Clarence Jordan's Fellowship; 5. The Brothers Berrigan; Epilogue: Failing Faithfully