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Understanding Jacques Ellul

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Jacques Ellul (1912-1994) was one of the world's last great polymaths and one of the most important Christian thinkers of his time, engaging the world with a simplicity, sincerity, courage, and passion that few have matched. However, Ellul is an often misunderstood thinker. As more than fifty books and over one thousand articles bear his name, embarking on a study of Ellul ...more
Paperback, 174 pages
Published December 12th 2012 by Cascade Books
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Alex Stroshine
Jacques Ellul is a complex but perceptive thinker whose works are oriented to "secular" social theory and lay theology. Jeff Greenman et al. provide readers with an accessible introduction and explanation of the main currents of Ellul's thought - namely technology and technique (whereas Karl Marx, who strongly influenced Ellul, saw capital as the idea that framed all relations and systems, Ellul saw technique as fulfilling this role), communication, the city, politics and economics, the Bible (h ...more
Eugene Peterson describes Ellul, along with Wendell Berry and others, as someone he returned to over and over to " keep his head on straight." This book is a very helpful and comprehensive survey of Jacques Ellul's life, thought and writings. Ellul is an important Christian thinker and one who I owe a great debt. His emphasis on the importance of the lay person and the inescapable tension of being a Christian in the modern world made a lasting impression on me. ...more
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A really helpful introduction for a neophyte like me.
I am a great fan of Ellul but recognize that few are going to be in for his fairly lengthy and difficult books. The authors are correct in noting that there has not been an accessible introduction available, and this book in just the ticket. Well done!
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Jeffrey P. Greenman (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is associate dean of biblical and theological studies and professor of Christian ethics at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. He is a coauthor with George Sumner of Unwearied Praises and is coeditor for the books The Sermon on the Mount Through the Centuries, Reading Romans Through the Centuries and Teach Me Your Paths.

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