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    Eberhard Arnold English

    Eberhard Arnold

    Writings Selected


    Introduction by Johann Christoph Arnold

    4 Stars on Goodreads

    Whether you’ve never read Eberhard Arnold before, or have already been profoundly affected by one of his books, this introductory selection from many of his important works will surprise and challenge you.


    Available Formats:
    Softcover
    Available languages:
    español

    About The Book

    If you’ve never read any of Eberhard Arnold’s writings before, this collection is a good choice. For those already familiar with the author, ​this book might be described as the Portable Arnold – a collection of the best of his prolific output.

    Arnold is best known for his emphasis on living out Christ’s message in community with others, but this selection shows him to be equally at home in other spheres. Whether assailing the hypocrisy of conventional church life or pointing out the pitfalls of a purely social gospel, whether celebrating the spirit of childlikeness or defending his conviction that warfare can never be just, this writer has surprises in store for even the most jaded reader.

    Widely sought after as a writer and lecturer in his day, Eberhard Arnold is remembered for his call to Christian discipleship, which Thomas Merton said “stirs to repentance and renewal.” Born in 1883 into a long line of academics, his life was hardly conventional. He left the state church at age twenty-five, and by thirty-seven had abandoned middle-class life altogether. He spent his last fifteen years at the Bruderhof – the religious community he founded in 1920 – where he continued writing and publishing until his death in 1935.

    Arnold’s insights into the human condition are as relevant today as ever, and his call to more faithful discipleship rings as true now as it did a hundred years ago.

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    Table of Contents

    1. GOD’S REVOLUTION

    • A Call to the Inner Life
    • God’s Revolution
    • Against Bloodshed and Violence

    2. THE NEW JUSTICE

    • Not a New Law
    • Away from Compromise and Shadow
    • God’s Kingdom - Future and Present

    3. BECOMING HUMAN

    • The Better Righteousness
    • The Conscience

    4. UNLESS YOU BECOME A CHILD

    5. LOVE DIVINE AND LOVE HUMAN

    • Responsibility, Desire, and Love
    • The New Morality

    6. LOVE IS WORK

    • Community as Work
    • Jesus and the Future State

    7. FROM ISOLATION TO COMMUNITY

    • Consciousness and Community
    • From Private Property to community
    • Why We Live in Community

    8. THE FIGHT AGAINST MAMMON

    • God or Mammon
    • The Fight Against Mammon

    9. GOD WITH US

    • The Experience of God
    • The Spirit of the Risen One
    • The Living Word

    10. THE CHURCH COMES DOWN TO US

    • Unity

    11. CHURCH AND STATE

    • The New Incarnation
    • Church and State

    12. EXPECTATION

    • Now Is the Time

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