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'''Christian anarchism''' is a movement in [[political theology]] and [[political philosophy]] which synthesizesclaims [[Christianityanarchism]] andis inherent in [[anarchismChristianity]] and the Gospels.<ref>{{cite book |title=Christian Anarchism: A Political Commentary on the Gospel |last=Christoyannopoulos |first=Alexandre |authorlink=Alexandre Christoyannopoulos |year=2010 |publisher=Imprint Academic |location=Exeter |isbn= |page= |pages=2–4 |url= |accessdate= |quote=Locating Christian anarchism…In political theology…In political thought}}</ref><ref>{{cite book|last1=Christoyannopoulos|first1=Alexandre|editor1=Nathan J. Jun|editor2=Shane Wahl|title=New Perspectives on Anarchism|date=2009|publisher=Lexington Books|isbn=978-0739132418|page=149|quote=Christian anarchism 'is not an attempt to synthesise two systems of thought' that are hopelessly incompatible; rather, it is 'a realisation that the premise of anarchism is inherent in christianity and the message of the Gospels'.}}</ref> It is grounded in the belief that there is only one source of authority to which Christians are ultimately answerable, the authority of God as embodied in the teachings of [[Jesus]], and thus rejects the idea that human governments have ultimate authority over human societies. [[:Category:Christian anarchists|Christian anarchists]] denounce the [[State (polity)|state]] as they claim it is violent, deceitful and, when glorified, [[idolatrous]].<ref name=CritiqueofViolence /><ref>{{cite book |title=Christian Anarchism: A Political Commentary on the Gospel |last=Christoyannopoulos |first=Alexandre |authorlink=Alexandre Christoyannopoulos |year=2010 |publisher=Imprint Academic |location=Exeter |isbn= |page=254 |pages= |url= |accessdate= |quote=The state as idolatry}}</ref>
 
'''Christian anarchism''' is a movement in [[political theology]] and [[political philosophy]] which synthesizes [[Christianity]] and [[anarchism]].<ref>{{cite book |title=Christian Anarchism: A Political Commentary on the Gospel |last=Christoyannopoulos |first=Alexandre |authorlink=Alexandre Christoyannopoulos |year=2010 |publisher=Imprint Academic |location=Exeter |isbn= |page= |pages=2–4 |url= |accessdate= |quote=Locating Christian anarchism…In political theology…In political thought}}</ref> It is grounded in the belief that there is only one source of authority to which Christians are ultimately answerable, the authority of God as embodied in the teachings of [[Jesus]], and thus rejects the idea that human governments have ultimate authority over human societies. [[:Category:Christian anarchists|Christian anarchists]] denounce the [[State (polity)|state]] as they claim it is violent, deceitful and, when glorified, [[idolatrous]].<ref name=CritiqueofViolence /><ref>{{cite book |title=Christian Anarchism: A Political Commentary on the Gospel |last=Christoyannopoulos |first=Alexandre |authorlink=Alexandre Christoyannopoulos |year=2010 |publisher=Imprint Academic |location=Exeter |isbn= |page=254 |pages= |url= |accessdate= |quote=The state as idolatry}}</ref>
 
More than any other Bible source, the [[Sermon on the Mount]] is used as the basis for Christian anarchism.<ref name=Sermon>{{cite book |title=Christian Anarchism: A Political Commentary on the Gospel |last=Christoyannopoulos |first=Alexandre |authorlink=Alexandre Christoyannopoulos |year=2010 |publisher=Imprint Academic |location=Exeter |isbn= |page= |pages=43–80 |url= |accessdate= |quote=[http://archive.org/details/TheSermonOnTheMount_653 The Sermon on the Mount: A Manifesto for Christian Anarchism]}}</ref> Most Christian anarchists are [[Christian pacifism|pacifists]] and reject the use of violence, such as war.<ref name=CritiqueofViolence>{{cite web|first=Alexandre |last=Christoyannopoulos |url=http://www.psa.ac.uk/journals/pdf/5/2010/1338_1226.pdf |title=A Christian Anarchist Critique of Violence: From Turning the Other Cheek to a Rejection of the State |pages= |date= March 2010 |publisher= Political Studies Association}}</ref> [[Leo Tolstoy]]'s ''[[The Kingdom of God Is Within You]]'' is often regarded as a key text for modern Christian anarchism.<ref name=CritiqueofViolence /><ref name=tolstoy>{{cite book |title=Christian Anarchism: A Political Commentary on the Gospel |last=Christoyannopoulos |first=Alexandre |authorlink=Alexandre Christoyannopoulos |year=2010 |publisher=Imprint Academic |location=Exeter |isbn= |page= |pages=19 and 208 |url= |accessdate= |quote=Leo Tolstoy}}</ref>