The Subversion of Christianity (La petite vermillon #145)
Successive generations have reinterpreted Scripture and modeled it after their own cultures, thus moving society further from the truth of the original gospel. The church also pe...more
Rarely have I taken as long to read a book as I have in working through this one. The content demanded reading, re-reading and pauses to consider what was being said. Make no mistake, this is a book that requires careful and attentive reading to hear what it is saying as well as to discern what it is not saying.
Jacques Ellul was a prolific writer in his native French and more of his works are being tra ...more
In summary, it's the Grand Inquisitor (Dostoevsky), expanded and retold by a French sociologist Jacques Ellul who concludes in the spirit of Alyosha.
I had never read anything by Ellul but was drawn to him through some references made by Walter Brueggemann (and I think also by Neil Postman). Influences of Kierkegaard and Barth are evident.
There were occasions where I felt some strain in his exegesis but he offers an enlightening perspective on church history not to condemn but to awaken -- althou ...more
Ellul brought a powerful mind to a challengingly acerbic theological thesis. In more than a few parts, ...more
He is very careful about the charges that he makes against Christianity. His arguments are subtle, & Ellul is quick to acknowledge the hyperbole of those who criticize the faith from the outside. Nonetheless, he often finds a kernel of ...more
--update: I skimmed the penultimate chapter, skipped the last chapter altogether, and threw it away. I don't like the way the author writes PLUS I don't trust the translation (it was originally written in French), I don't like how self-absorbed the author is (only his interpretation ...more
From the beginnings of the Christianity through modern day, the theological, political, economic, and military history is "the result of a primordial obsession with unity: the reduction of the diversity of the world to the one." Jacques Ellul sees our God as one of beginnings and revelation, not organization and institution: eppur si muove (ye ...more
Un défi pour chrétiens & incroyants, & surtoût pour l’église.
Je voulais pouvoir enlever demi étoile car il éloge un mouvement de libération amérindien tout en critiquant la théologie de la libération — même que ce mouvement n’aie jamais éxisté hors de sa théologie. Je retiens la critique, & je lament ...more
Educated at the Universities of Bordeaux and Paris, he taught Sociology and the History of Law at the Universities of Strau ...more