Eberhard Arnold

Eberhard Arnold

Like thousands of young Germans in the 1920s, Eberhard Arnold and his wife Emmy were disillusioned by the failure of the establishment – especially the churches – to provide answers to the problems of society in the turbulent years following World War I. In their seeking, they were influenced by the German Youth Movement (in which Eberhard was a nationally-known participant), the German pastor Johann Christoph Blumhardt and his son Christoph Friedrich, the sixteenth-century Anabaptists, and, most significantly, the early Christians.

Publications by Eberhard Arnold

Why We Live In Community English

Why We Live in Community

By Eberhard Arnold and Thomas Merton

In this time-honored manifesto, Arnold adds his voice to the vital discussion of what real intentional community is all about: love, joy, unity, and the great “adventure of faith” shared with others along the way.…

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God's Revolution English

God’s Revolution

By Eberhard Arnold

Are you tired of answers that ignore the root causes of human suffering? This selection of writings by Eberhard Arnold, who left a career and the established church in order to live out the Gospel, calls us to a completely different way. Available as…

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Articles by Eberhard Arnold

 Detail from The Morning by Philipp Otto Runge

Every Child Is a Thought of God

By Eberhard Arnold

We love little children because Jesus loved them. Arnold writes about the responsibility of parents, church, and educators regarding the education of children.…

A painting by Henri Martin of a young couple in white clothes standing under a flowering tree.

Love Divine and Human

By Eberhard Arnold

"No one can live without love," writes Arnold, as he examines the differences between eros and agape to shed light on the divine elements of love that can be present in any human relationship and direct each soul to Christ.…

shepherd and sheep in pasture

The Economy of the Early Church

By Eberhard Arnold

The new future puts an end to all powers, legal systems, and property laws now in force. The coming kingdom reveals itself even now wherever God’s all-powerful love unites people in a life of surrendered brotherhood.…

A detail of the Mother Mary from Fra Filippo Lippi's painting, Adoration in the Forest.

The Motherly Spirit

By Eberhard Arnold

We must learn from Mary, the mother of Jesus, to hear the Word and believe it. Her motherly spirit teaches us to rejoice and serve in the humblest places.…

many long white candles

The Eve of Advent

By Eberhard Arnold

While violence floods the streets, Arnold writes, we await God's intervention in the injustice and suffering of our world. An Advent meditation.…