The Sources of Early Christian Communism by Roman A. Montero

Happy Birthday to Jesus, the Anti-Imperialist Socialist!

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by Roman A. Montero
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Oslo, Norway
Roman A. Montero’s blog
Originally published by Church life Journal, July 30, 2019
September 6, 2019

In the vast literature dealing with the rise of Christianity, we find many different accounts of how this small sect of Jewish messianists arose, spread, and eventually took over the Roman Empire. However, most of these histories focus on Christianity as a group defined by a set of beliefs, or a group dedicated to the adoration of the person of Jesus Christ. While it is true that Christianity, as it arose, was certainly those things, it was also a group with its own socio-economic ideology and set of practices.

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Jesus’s Manifesto: The Sermon on the Plain by Roman A. Montero

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by Roman A. Montero
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Oslo, Norway
Roman A. Montero’s blog
May 19, 2019

Originally aired and published by The Beloved Community on KBOO Portland and as a podcast, May 10, 2019.

Roman Montero on May 11, 2019

Interview with Roman Montero about Jesus’s Manifesto on KBOO The Beloved Community 5/10/2019.

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Keith Green: Easter Song + The Visual Bible: Matthew

Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro

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Happy Easter!

previously posted March 23, 2008

wiredfortravel on Mar 22, 2008

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Happy Birthday to Jesus, the Anti-Imperialist Socialist! by The Anti-Social Socialist

Happy Birthday to Jesus, the Anti-Imperialist Socialist!

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Merry Christmas!

“All I want for Christmas is the abolition of imperialist white supremacist capitalist heteropatriarchy!”

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Originally published Dec. 24, 2017
December 24, 2018

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Rev. Chris Hedges: Christmas, Charity, Anti-Empire and the Revolutionary Jesus

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Originally published Dec. 24, 2014

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Dec 24, 2014

Rev. Chris Hedges and Rev. David Bullock discuss the real meaning of Christmas with Paul Jay.
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What is Socialism? A Historical and Modern Perspective

Caleb Maupin: The American Socialist Awakening

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September 24, 2018

Reach Out on Sep 18, 2018

On last Thursday’s (9.13.18) special edition of Reach Out, we asked, “What is socialism?” In a discussion ranging from the juxtaposition of socialism and religion, cooperation vs. competition in humanity’s origins, and how class is what primarily divides people, Bill and I, along with special guest Matt Reedy, barely scratched the surface of answering that question but realized its enormity and complexity.

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Michael Hudson: Jesus Would Have Cancelled The Debt But Obama Bailed Out Wall Street

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 14, 2018

With Max Keiser on the history of debt from the Bronze Age onwards. Max poses the question, has a historical precedent been set with the bailing out of creditors, not debtors in 2008?

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The Early Christians and the Military by Roman A. Montero

Christians Cannot Love Their Enemies and Kill Them, Too

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by Roman A. Montero
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Oslo, Norway
May 23, 2018

In modern times it may not even seem like an issue if a Christian can or cannot serve in the military, clearly Christians today and for many centuries do, so what would the issue be? On the other hand, anyone who has honestly read the gospels must recognize that the issue of violence is at the very least problematic in Jesus’s teachings. One would simply have to point to the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:38–47) or the Sermon on the Plain (Luke 6:27–31), or his teaching on the one taking the sword dying by the sword (Matthew 26:52), to recognize that Jesus tended to reject violence.

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Art Katz: The Cross of Christ

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1nemind on Oct 5, 2014

“Empty entertainment/worship sung by pretty people. Doctrinally-correct sermons devoid of power. Sunday-only Christian lives barely distinguishable from the world. All these and many more ills are symptoms of a disease Art clearly identifies in this message. It’s such a fundamental thing, our understanding of the cross. It’s an indictment of our lives and the current impotence of the church. In the final analysis, unless we know ‘Christ and Him crucified,’ our knowledge of God will be false.”

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Roman A. Montero: Early Christian Communism

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Updated: Feb. 23, 2018

by Roman A. Montero
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Oslo, Norway
February 22, 2018

I recently did an interview with Stephen Bedard on the History of Christianity podcast, also on youtube about my book All Things in Common: The Economic Practices of the Early Christians. I hope you enjoy it.

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Jesus and the Abolition of the Courts by Roman A. Montero

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by Roman A. Montero
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Oslo, Norway
January 28, 2018

Probably the most famous parable by Jesus is the parable of the speck in your brother’s eye as opposed to the beam in your eye. Often this parable is taken to simply be about not being a hypocrite and not being personally judgmental against other individuals. However, this saying was not only used by Jesus and the early Christians, it was also a saying within rabbinic Judaism—seeing how they used it can shed some light on what Jesus meant with it. The saying is recorded the sermon on the plain in Luke 6:41–42:
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Rev. Chris Hedges: Christmas, Charity, Anti-Empire and the Revolutionary Jesus + Transcript

JESUS COMUNIST

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Originally published Dec. 24, 2014

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Dec 24, 2014

Rev. Chris Hedges and Rev. David Bullock discuss the real meaning of Christmas with Paul Jay.

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