On Freedom, Love, and Power

On Freedom, Love, and Power

by Jacques Ellul
     
 

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Jacques Ellul (1912-1994) was a French law professor, historian, sociologist, lay theologian, and Christian anarchist. During the Second World War, he was active in the French resistance; his efforts to save Jews during this time eventually earned him the title "Righteous Among the Nations." A towering intellectual figure, Ellul taught in Paris and at the

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Jacques Ellul (1912-1994) was a French law professor, historian, sociologist, lay theologian, and Christian anarchist. During the Second World War, he was active in the French resistance; his efforts to save Jews during this time eventually earned him the title "Righteous Among the Nations." A towering intellectual figure, Ellul taught in Paris and at the University of Bordeaux, wrote and published extensively, and engaged throughout his career in a dialogue between the realities of technology and contemporary life, the tenets of the Christian faith, and the principles of human freedom. Transcribed here for the first time, this series of talks refines and clarifies some of Ellul's most controversial insights into what it means to understand and live out God's wishes.

Ellul's evaluation of a number of interrelated books of Scripture, including Genesis, Job, Matthew, and John, challenges Jewish and Christian orthodoxies and more progressive interpretations alike by claiming that the Judeo-Christian tradition is both anti-moral and anti-religious. Promoting a life based on freedom and love, Ellul's thinking opens the door to, in his words, "thinking globally and acting locally."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442611177
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
10/23/2010
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

What People are saying about this

Richard Stivers
'On Freedom, Love, and Power is easily the most important and exciting work in Christian interpretation that I have read in years. This remarkable work offers the reader some of Jacques Ellul's deepest and most controversial insights into what it means to understand and live out what God expects from us, and it is what I would recommend first to those who wonder what Ellul understood Christianity to be.'
Tim Blackmore
'On Freedom, Love, and Power is a landmark achievement. It showcases Jacques Ellul's

elegant and insightful thinking on the Bible, religion, and efficiency. A clear and powerful collaboration between Ellul and Willem H. Vanderburg, two thinkers who are focused on directing human beings toward health and life, it is a work I cannot recommend too highly.'

Rev. Dr. Bob Giuliano
'Jacques Ellul is one of the most important social and theological thinkers of the twentieth century. This book captures Ellul with his students. It is subtly personal and direct; its informal tone conveys a certain affection that a professor shares with his students around his dining room table. People who are weary of organized religion will find On Freedom, Love, and Power a source of clarity and inspiration. Faithful church-goers will also rejoice as it cuts through to depths of understanding that are new and refreshing.'
Bob Giuliano
Jacques Ellul is one of the most important social and theological thinkers of the twentieth century. This book captures Ellul with his students. It is subtly personal and direct; its informal tone conveys a certain affection that a professor shares with his students around his dining room table. People who are weary of organized religion will find On Freedom, Love, and Power a source of clarity and inspiration. Faithful church-goers will also rejoice as it cuts through to depths of understanding that are new and refreshing.

Meet the Author

Willem H. Vanderburg is the director of the Centre for Technology and Social Development and a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, the Institute for Environmental Studies, and the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto.

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