Saturday, November 20, 2010

Anarchy and Christianity

Somehow I keep on finding these great product descriptions that are worth mentioning. This latest one is from the back cover of Anarchy and Christianity:
"Jacques Ellul blends politics, theology, history, and exposition in this analysis of the relationship between political anarchy and biblical faith. On the one hand, suggests Ellul, anarchists need to understand that much of their criticism of Christianity applies only to the form of religion that developed, not to biblical faith. Christians, on the other hand, need to look at the biblical texts and not reject anarchy as a political option, for it seems closest to biblical thinking."(Italics added)
The notion that anarchy is closest to biblical thinking has been reiterated and expounded upon in the 2001 essay Biblical Anarchism by Stephen W. Carson. I thoroughly recommend it. In fact, one should listen to this brief 12-minute MP3 (The Biblical Prophet: He Told It Like It Is by the late Robert LeFevre) before reading the essay to get a good understanding of where Carson is coming from.

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