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Violence: Reflections from a Christian Perspective

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Published (first published June 4th 2008)
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Dec 10, 2009 John rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This is the most thoughtful treatise on violence that I've ever read, which honestly isn't saying much. But Ellul looks carefully at violence from a Christian perspective and rejects its use outright. He rejects it because it is part of the world of necessity--something that Christians, who are free in Christ, must reject, as they reject entirely the world of necessity. We are free in Christ and to be slaves to nothing, including the necessary use of violence as a means of purging society of inj ...more
This might be my favorite work by Ellul yet. He lays out what he calls the 5 laws of violence (continuity, reciprocity, sameness, violence begets violence, those who use violence always seeks to justify it and themselves) and rejects the distinction between "just" and "unjust" violence. He also insists that Christians are never permitted to use violence in any form (psychologically, economically, etc.) even when doing so is necessary. We (Christians) are not to be surprised when the world uses v ...more
John Lussier
Violence is Ellul's reflection on Violence from Christian standpoint. He first discusses three traditional views on violence, compromise, nonviolence, and violent theologies. The temptation to use violence is an overwhelming one for Christians today and must be examined. He next examines violent theologies and their dependence on modern trends. Ellul asks that violence be viewed realistically and not as an ultimate. In doing so we find that violence, while necessary to the way of the world and i ...more
A.J. Jr.
An important book. Jaques Ellul was one of the greatest thinkers of our time....a very wise man.
Aaron Oda
One of the most thought provoking, disturbing, and challenging reads in a while
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Baptised Catholic, Ellul became an atheist and Marxist at 19, and a Christian of the Reformed Church at 22. During his Marxist days, he was a member of the French Communist Party. During World War II, he fought with the French Underground against the Nazi occupation of France.

Educated at the Universities of Bordeaux and Paris, he taught Sociology and the History of Law at the Universities of Strau
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“I hold that in every situation of injustice and oppression, the Christian--who cannot deal with it by violence--must make himself completely a part of it as representative of the victims.” 0 likes
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