Faith in anarchism?

By Simon Barrow
March 14, 2008

Christianity is often portrayed as inherently conservative and hierarchical. But there is another, much more subversive side to it...

This will be explored in a conference on Christianity and Anarchism taking place in Sheffield on 21 November 2008. This from the promotional material:

Acts 17:6-7 "They dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, 'These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.'"

"Christianity" and "Anarchism" have both often been the sources of a lot of stigma in their own respective rights. Is it possible that in exploring the political dimension of the spiritual Gospel, the faith of Christianity and the modern political theory of Anarchism can dialogue with each other? And if such is the case, what are the implications of peacemaking toward a world ravaged by war, greed, capitalism, and Empire?

This gathering is open to people of all backgrounds, whether Christians, Anarchists, neither, or both. In previous years we've been delegates of all denominations and none. Humanists, Evangelicals, Catholics, Quakers, and many others come together to meet, learn from one another and produce a fascinating weekend.

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