Understanding Jacques Ellul

Understanding Jacques Ellul

by Jeffrey P Greenman, Read M Schuchardt, Noah J Toly
     
 

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Even the authors of this work admit that Jacques Ellul did not know everything, that he did not interpret everything accurately, but, they argue, he was one of the world's last great polymaths and one of the most salient Christian thinkers of his era. With the goal of offering a comprehensive appraisal of the modern world, and of the place of Christian faith in it,

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Even the authors of this work admit that Jacques Ellul did not know everything, that he did not interpret everything accurately, but, they argue, he was one of the world's last great polymaths and one of the most salient Christian thinkers of his era. With the goal of offering a comprehensive appraisal of the modern world, and of the place of Christian faith in it, Ellul wrote over fifty books and a thousand articles. He addressed almost every major facet and institution of modern society and many more from previous ages and engaged his material with simplicity, sincerity, courage, and a passion that few have matched.

In spite of this there has never before been a single volume introduction to his ideas and their significance. Jeffrey P. Greenman, Read M. Schuchardt and Noah J. Toly address this lack with Understanding Jacques Ellul, an interdisciplinary exploration of the different branches of Ellul's work. This essential new study illuminates is a fuller, more robust and more realistic Ellul, a man whose voice is well worth listening to, and whose mind well worth examining.

Editorial Reviews

Theological Book Review
This book provides an introduction to Ellul's life and work, analyzing and assessing his thought across the most important themes of his scholarship. Readers will see that his remarkably broad field of vision, clarity of focus, and boldly prophetic voice make his work worth reading and considering, rereading and discussing.
Dialogo Filosofico
People live in a technical milieu, which has the same weight as spiritual milieu in the Middle Ages – it has become sacred. … Given the problems associated with the mentality that celebrates successful technologies, ethics is unavoidable in treating technology . Ellul throws in an ethic of powerlessness, of liberty, of conflicts, and of transgression. This volume also covers other area of Ellul’s though such as the city and urbanism, politics and economy or means of communication.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780227174067
Publisher:
Clarke, James Company, Limited
Publication date:
07/25/2013
Pages:
179
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey P. Greenman is Associate Dean of Biblical and Theological Studies and Professor of Christian Ethics at Wheaton College (IL).

Read Mercer Schuchardt is Associate Professor of Communication at Wheaton College (IL)

Noah J. Toly is Director of Urban Studies and Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at Wheaton College (IL).

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