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Violence: Reflections from a Christian Perspective

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Published (first published April 16th 1970)
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Leandro Guimarães Faria Corcete DUTRA
Devrait perdre une étoile à cause des hérésies de l’auteur, qui sont légion : universalisme, socialisme, pacifisme, dépersonnalisation du mal. Mais dans sa critique de la folie d’utiliser des moyens humaines pour essayer d’accomplir les desseins de Dieu, il est superbe en son biblicisme radicale.
Dec 10, 2009 John rated it really liked it
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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
Sep 24, 2011 Jordan rated it it was amazing
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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
Oct 05, 2014 John Lussier rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 13, 2016 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still relevant now as in 1969. Seems to be highly influential. Cogent, beautifully argued. W&S's translation is good.
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Mar 26, 2012 A.J. Jr. rated it it was amazing
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.” 2 likes
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