Jesus Is an Anarchist

60 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2009 Last revised: 5 Dec 2011

Date Written: December 4, 2011


The teachings and actions of Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach) and the apostles recorded in the New Testament are analyzed in regard to their ethical and political philosophy, with analysis of context vis-a-vis the Old Testament (Tanakh, or Hebrew Bible) being given. From this analysis, it is shown that Jesus is a libertarian anarchist, i.e., a consistent voluntaryist. The implications this has for the world are profound, and the ramifications of Jesus's anarchism to Christians' attitudes toward government (the state) and its actions are explicated.

Keywords: government, anarchism, anarchy, liberty, libertarianism, capitalism, society, law, religion, Jesus

JEL Classification: K10, K14, K11, K30, K34, K42

Suggested Citation

Redford, James, Jesus Is an Anarchist (December 4, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

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