Living on Hope While Living in Babylon
The Christian Anarchists of the 20th Century
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
This work offers one of the most constructive political theologies I have read for some time. Refusing any merely reactive logic, York develops a theological an-archy that neither seeks relevance to nor reaction against a specific construal of state sovereignty. The 'arche'' is the Risen Lamb who was slain, who calls into question the disorder created by materialism, racism, and militarism. Dr. King's triple axis of evil provides a focus for York's discussion of the Catholic Worker, Koinonians, and Berrigans. But Holy Scripture, from Daniel to Revelation, provides the framework within which that axis can be assessed. This is lively, enjoyable, and convicting reading. Not only every undergraduate, but anyone who sits in a pew on Sunday will benefit from York's sage counsel on living in Babylon.
--D. Stephen Long, Marquette University
author of Theology and Culture: A Guide to the Discussion
"York performs an important service in illuminating the anarchist sensibilities of Christian scriptures and discipleship, an area surely meriting further scholarly and pastoral exploration. His introduction to three crucial voices in twentieth century Christianity--the Catholic Worker movement, Clarence Jordan, and the Berrigan brothers--leaves readers eager to learn more about and from these exemplars of a Christianity lived free of imperial patronage and constraint."
--Michael L. Budde, DePaul University
author of Christianity Incorporated: How Big Business is Buying the Church
''Tripp York's small defense of Christian Anarchism, Living on Hope While Living in Babylon...was interesting. I recommend it to anyone generally interested in the topic.''
--Joseph Bottum, as reviewed in Books & Culture