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Betrayal of the West
In this book Ellul asserts that many of the West’s most ardent critics are themselves products of the West, and refuse to acknowledge their debt to it. While many of the criticisms are valid, they failures are not peculiar to the West but are inherent in every civilization as it grows.
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The Humiliation of the Word
In this book Ellul argues that “Images” are limited to the realm of the material and the practical and cannot probe the depths of human experience, to go beyond the surface of reality. Therefore a society based on image will be a shallow society, incapable of finding deep truths. A society based upon “Word” however, has been debased inour culture, but is able to cnvey truth like images can’t. It is open to interpetation and is flexible.
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Jesus and Marx
Ellul examines the attempt to mix Christianity with Marxist thought. He reviews several liberation theology books and exposes the weaknesses of so-called “Marxist Christianity” (which he says is neither Marxist or Christian). Ellul argues that the biblical perspective is anti-political, leaving Christian Anarchism as the realistic revolutionary option. (The last chapter is entitled Anarchy and Christianity and is a good supplement to the book by the same name.)
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Money and Power
Rich or poor, we all face the problem of money. But is money chiefly a personal problem, how we use our own resources? Or a societal problem, how we organize the economy? Jacques Ellul exposes the folly of a purely societal approach-whether communism, collectivism, socialism or capitalism-and argues for individual responsibility. Money, he says, is not neutral, something we can use as we like. Instead it is a powerful agent that sets itself against God’s kingdom. Tracing the scriptural attitudes toward wealth from Old Testament sacramentalism through New Testament renunciation, he challenges Christians to live by the law of grace and not by the law of the marketplace. (Comments from back of printed book.)
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The Technological Bluff
Ellul sets forth an updated and new critique of Technology, claiming that technology is not neutral, it has a price, and it often causes more problems than it solves, and much more. Looking to buy YouTube views, likes or subscribers?
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The Technological System
A must read in Technological critique.
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To Will and to Do: An Ethical Research for Christians
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What I Believe
Jacques Ellul summarizes his beliefs, ranging from technology, universalism, dialectic etc.
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Various Articles
This is selection of articles from various journals and books that are now out of print in which Ellul wrote on various topics. This section will be updated periodically over the next few months to add more articles.
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Violence
The truth is found in the violence of love, that is, in “Spiritual Violence:” It rejects all human means of winning a victory or registering effects. It totally excludes physical or psychological violence. It is based upon faith in the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
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