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By Alexandre Christoyannopoulos

Publish yr note: First released in 2010

Christian anarchism has been round for a minimum of so long as secular anarchism. Leo Tolstoy is its most renowned proponent, yet there are various others, similar to Jacques Ellul, Vernard Eller, Dave Andrews or the folks linked to the Catholic employee flow. they provide a compelling critique of the country, the church and the economic system in keeping with the recent testomony.

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Their muted response reflected the strength of a free labor consensus, which had, for some time, reinforced the harmonizing legacies of the nineteenth-century revivals. The Second Great Awakening exerted complicated, even contradictory, effects on relations between social classes. 55 This “Benevolent Empire” championed moral discipline as the linchpin of social reform. Organizations such as the Society for Bettering the Condition and Increasing the Comforts of the Poor taught that poverty sprang from individual—not systemic—defects: thrift and hard work would, over time, remedy even the most stubborn of cases.

49 It required no prescience to see that leading ministers were, moreover, eager to forgive labor’s purported transgressions. ”50 While the clergy’s comparatively restrained, even forgiving, posture fell far short of workers’ hopes, it made clear that in immediate postbellum Chicago the churches were concerned about more than just pleasing their benefactors in the industrial elite. Leading ministers enjoyed strong ties to “capital,” which predisposed them to oppose any eight-hour bill—let alone, strike—which would restrict an employer’s right to run his business as he saw fit.

Leading trade unionists insisted that wealthy churches’ willingness to abide the emerging industrial system exposed them as apostates. In the process of calling for a return to the true religion of Christ, working people would create the city’s earliest social gospel. Indeed, it would be up to them, it seemed, to see that “undefiled Christianity” did not drown in Gilded Age excess. By the time of the Civil War, the traces of Chicago’s frontier past were gone. The city had become, seemingly overnight, one of the nation’s five largest, growing at a rate that had few precedents in human history.

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