On Being Rich and Poor: Christianity in a Time of Economic Globalization

On Being Rich and Poor: Christianity in a Time of Economic Globalization

by Jacques Ellul


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442626263
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 04/21/2014
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Willem H. Vanderburg is the founding director of the Centre for Technology and Social Development and is now Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto.

Table of Contents

Translator’s Introduction

Part 1: Amos

Chapter 1: Introduction to Amos

Chapter 2: The Prophecies Against the Six Surrounding Nations

Chapter 3: The Prophecies Against Judah and Israel

The Prophecy Against Judah

The Prophecy Against Israel

Israel’s Punishment

Chapter 4: Intertwining Themes…


The Role of Prophecy

The Crimes

The Punishments

Chapter 5: God’s Pedagogy and the Evolving Revelation


The Five Scourges

God’s Pedagogy

God Awaits His People

Chapter 6: Justice and Related Themes



The Power of God

God’s Appeal

Chapter 7: The Five Visions


The Five Visions

Vision and the Word

Chapter 8: Confronting the Religious Establishment, and the Silence of God


The Quarrel with the High Priest of Bethel

The Silence of God

Chapter 9: Reconciliation


Israel in History

Israel from an Eschatological Perspective

Part 2: The Letter of James

Chapter 10: Introduction to James

Chapter 11: Overview of the Christian Life

To All People

Life as a Test of Who We Are

Money as a Test

Beginning a New Life

The Word and the New Life

Chapter 12: The Other

Life without Religion?

Life as the Practice of Faith

Chapter 13: The Word

Our Words

Wisdom, Intelligence, Words and Lies

Chapter 14: Life in the World

What Is the World?

The World and Defilement

The World of Judgements and Planning

Chapter 15: To Whom or What do we Belong?

The World of the Rich

Divided Loyalties

Chapter 16: Our Christian Lives Together

Postscript: The Poverty and Riches of Jews and Christians

The Flesh, the Law and the Spirit

Gods Strategy

Love and Justice

Grafted Onto the Jewish Tree


What People are Saying About This

Richard Stivers

On Being Rich and Poor is one of the best introductions to Jacques Ellul’s Christian views. His discussion of prophecy and prophets is eye-opening, and his commentary on the epistle of James is likewise startling. This is a remarkable book that will unsettle both Christians and non-Christians who think they know what Christianity is.”

Stephanie Bennett

On Being Rich and Poor is a book whose time has come, for there are numerous Christians of every persuasion who have given up on the Church, confusing its institutional machinations with the simplicity of faith in God through Christ. Willem H. Vanderburg helps bring to light Ellul’s astute observations and insight, clearing away some of the clutter that Christianity has gathered through the centuries.”

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