Questions come in to the Center from time to time about whether or not Christianity and anarchism are compatible. A great many anarchists are also atheists and consider that religious viewpoint the natural complement to their political views. However, anarchists can and do have a wide variety of religious views other than atheism.
There is a thriving Christian Anarchist tradition dating back to at least Leo Tolstoy and his work The Kingdom of God is Within You. That tradition continues today with grassroots organizations like Jesus Radicals and learned scholars like Mennonite theologian Tripp York. The Catholic Worker Movement founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin in 1933 remains popular.
With regard to market anarchism specifically, perhaps the most oft-cited explanation of a Christian approach to it is James Redford’s Jesus is an Anarchist. Also very popular are Joseph Sobran’s Catholic and culturally conservative pieces The Reluctant Anarchist and The State and Heresy. In the latter piece, in particular, Sobran very ably responds to Catholic critics of anarchism, who typically base their objections on Romans chapter 13, widely interpreted as a Biblical demand for complete submission to taxation. Sobran answers the critics well. Also notable for those responding to Romans 13 based religious critcism is the Romans 13 home page from the Christian anarchist web site Vine and Fig Tree.
Anarchists can be Mormons. We can be Catholics. We can be Quakers. If you’re a Baptist, anarchism runs deep in the history of your faith. Anarchists can be Jewish. We can be Muslim. We can be Buddhist, Taoist or Neo-Pagan.
Anarchists can have any opinion about God. We just agree that the State isn’t God.