Christianarchism is what one might call a “double compound word”. The name is a wordplay on “Christian anarchism”, the advocacy of adherence to the Word of Christ – the Law of God – instead of government, the laws of man. But it also reads as “Christian archism” – archism meaning “rule” – ergo, CHRIST is the only KING!
The common perception of anarchy today is chaos, lawlessness, and violence. But in fact, anarchy simply means “no government”. There is still law, justice, and accountability under anarchy, governed by the non-aggression principle and common law. There are various forms of claims to anarchism, some in fact coincidentally and errantly endorsing a state – to be specific, we endorse anarcho-capitalism, or the totally free market without any form of state protectionism or interference or involuntary force.
To be clear, we advocate a peaceful transition to anarchism, or a stateless society. Only via an intellectual revolution/enlightenment/renaissance period similar to that during the founding of America, or of the Golden Age, whereby the populace comes to an awakening of both spiritual and philosophical principles, do we believe that a transition to anarchism is possible. Whereas we may advocate passive resistance and civil disobedience, we do not condone a violent uprising or overthrow of any sort, as such acts would be unscriptural, immoral, and nonviable.
Note also that we do not advocate a society where all members must necessarily be Christians. We merely hold that Christians should conform to the tenets of anarchism in order to exercise a consistent worldview and moral existence. Anarchy, not theocracy; we do not believe in using force (or retribution) to hold others to a religious standard against their volition, outside of the non-aggression principle and its necessary descendants (such as contract).
We believe that the gradual progression towards reliance on the State (even in Christian societies), particularly manifested in the United States over the past 100 years or so, has subsequently led to a general moral decline – corresponding to a decreased reliance on God and the Church coupled with a dilution of God’s Perfect Law into man’s imperfect and corrupt law. Over the past couple of centuries, we have seen the human race overcome slavery, apartheid, segregation, a deep seeded and cultural racism, and various other forms of tyranny over mankind, at an exponential rate – except for statism. Our goal is the evolution of a truly free society in our lifetime.
At first, the idea of Christian anarchism may seem scary (trust us, the spiritual and intellectual battle has led to many a sleepless night), radical, and even conflicting. It is however a very logical, consistent, and simple worldview centered around Jesus Christ and His teachings of love, and has been around in some capacity for generations. In fact, Leo Tolstoy was a Christian anarchist! If you hang around this site for long, you are sure to see Tolstoy touted here and there 🙂
We are not classically trained philosophers, political scientists, or ministers; in fact, we hope you will come to view us as, in a sense, “layman’s philosophers”. We realize that, as we too are men of a sinful and imperfect nature, not all of our teachings here will be infinitely perfect, and are therefore subject to vary slightly as we grow together spiritually. Please bear with us, and join us in this journey to God’s Kingdom!
Who made this crazy site?!
Hi, here is a little about me. I grew up in a house with a focus on Christ but with a “Republican” worldview. When the hit movie “The Matrix” came out in high school, I felt a strong affinity towards its metaphor though I didn’t fully understand it at the time, a feeling like something really was wrong in the world both in a political and religious sense, but I didn’t know what. Upon attending college, I endured a cycle of philosophical thirst for knowledge and awakening, all the while relying heavily on God to provide for me in both the spiritual and the very real physical sense – and when I “entered the world” on my own a few years later, my worldview had undergone a transformation towards independence as well.
For a few years, I energetically endorsed Ron Paul and the libertarian/minarchist position, after learning to think critically about such fundamental issues as “rights vs privileges” from modern civil liberties activists such as Michael Badnarik and reading such literature as Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. I also began researching heavily the Austrian theories of economists such as Mises, Hayek, Friedman, and Rothbard, among others.
Eventually I began flirting with anarchism, going back and forth between its morality vs practicality (basically the utilitarianism of statism, though I couldn’t verbalize it as such). I’ve finally reconciled the two and am now proud to officially join the likes of great thinkers such as Leo Tolstoy as a Christian anarchist. Though I picked up a great deal of anarchist principles from the modern philosopher Stefan Molyneux, I was always diametrically opposed to his atheism and, believing his core spiritual worldview (that God does not exist) to be in error, and convicted by the Holy Spirit to make use of my understandings, decided to do what I can to advance the Law of Liberty for Jesus Christ.
I hold a computer science degree, and make websites for people in exchange for food and shelter. I’m a “geek” in all things computer, political, philosophical, or religious – and every now and then, I try to be a bit comical as well. I endorse civil disobedience and an adherence to what is Right over the “go along to get along” mentality, following in the footsteps of historical men such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, and of course the perfect King of Man, Jesus Christ. Last but far from least, I’m married to the loveliest lady in all the land! God truly has blessed me in family, fortune, and life, and I am forever thankful to Him.
I’m new to these parts. I just read all this nonsense. What’s next?
First of all, welcome! We’re so glad you’ve stumbled across our site, and we thank you for getting to know us a little better. Second, please feel free to start with the original post, “the 5 Ws of Christian anarchism“, to acquaint yourself a bit more with the principles discussed on this site. Much love!