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

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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Cover of the 2015 edition of The Prayer God Answers.

The Prayer God Answers

Eberhard Arnold

In this free ebook, Eberhard Arnold describes the kind of prayer that pleases God, and challenges us to rediscover the prayer that has the power to transform our lives and our world.…

Articles by Eberhard Arnold

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Is Pacifism Enough?

Eberhard Arnold

“When the wealthy live in villas ... while other families don’t even have a single room to themselves, isn’t that war? When some people build up enormous bank accounts while others earn scarcely enough for basic necessities, isn’t that war?”…

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Every Child Is a Thought of God

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.…

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Love Divine and Human

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.…

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The Economy of the Early Church

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.…