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New Resources

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : August 23, 2007

A couple new resources for y’all:

THE DOWNLOADABLE ELLUL

The family of Jacques Ellul has asked JesusRadicals.com to remove pdfs of his writings from their website. This is ironic, since Jacques himself would have certainly approved. These works were out of print. Because of this, I’m making these pdfs available from my site (see the “fodder for the fire” section in my blogroll. You can access his writings here.

THE MISSIO DEI BREVIARY

Well, I’ve begun to post morning and evening prayers from the Missio Dei Breviary. I hope to have them all up within the week. The prayers follow a morning and evening 28 day cycle. Please add it to your feed. There will be a link to buy paperback versions soon: www.thebreviary.com. The prayers on the site are the “general” version. Missio Dei’s breviary makes specific references to the West Bank. The version on www.thebreviary.com makes general references that should fit most contexts. Please get the word out. I’ve put a lot of time and care into this project. I did the work for our community, but want it to bless others. It is more accessible than the Divine Hours, is a bit simpler, and reflects certain theological convictions that I believe are important.

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3 Responses to “New Resources”

  1. Brother Maynard on August 27th, 2007 9:40 am

    It seems to me that Mr. Ellul would still want his readers to honour the wishes of his family, who knew him better than any of us. While you may be happy to have people duplicate all the Breviary content and offer it as a pdf download so people wouldn’t need to buy the book, I don’t think it’s helpful to attribute contrasting greedy motives to the Ellul family and then subvert their wishes. His work is readily available through second-hand sources (with no royalties to the family), but free distribution otoh helps ensure they won’t be reprinted. And like it or not, that decision rests solely with his family.

  2. markvans on August 27th, 2007 10:29 am

    What you’re saying makes sense, of course. I’ll take them down if asked by the family. But in my mind, the wishes of his family are trumped by the fact that he was writing as a Christian to the church. That is the family I’m more concerned about in this matter.

  3. Michael on August 27th, 2007 6:49 pm

    His work is readily available through second-hand sources (with no royalties to the family), but free distribution otoh helps ensure they won’t be reprinted.

    I’m not sure about that… especially due to the new print-on-demand technology that keeps pretty much everything in print these days. A lot of Ellul’s stuff that was out of print was brought back to print in POD format, lilke Anarchy and Christianity, for example. A&C was “brought back into print” in POD format even though it was available online at places like jesusradicals.com.

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