Violence: Reflections from a Christian Perspective

Violence: Reflections from a Christian Perspective



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Violence: Reflections from a Christian Perspective by Jacques Ellul

On an issue that has created considerable uncertainty and uneasiness among many Christians, Jacques Ellul brings to bear the bold analysis and the brilliant clarity of argument that are associated with his distinguished studies on contemporary social questions.

After surveying historically the various approaches of Christians to violence, Ellul examines in depth current statements by Christians condoning or accepting violence. He then contrasts, with penetrating insight, the dynamics of violence and the clear demands of the Gospel. In a concluding chapter he eloquently sets forth the truly distinctive nature of Christian radicalism and the violence of love.

Of comfort to neither Right nor Left as such, this Gospel-centered study of the complex issue of violence today—deftly translated by Cecilia Gaul Kings—is a forceful, original contribution to the ongoing discussion of the issue in church and society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610977968
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 06/05/2012
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jacques Ellul (1912-1994), a French sociologist and lay theologian, was Professor Emeritus of Law and of the History and Sociology of Institutions at the University of Bordeaux. He wrote more than forty books, including The Technological Society, The Humiliation of the Word, and The Technological Bluff.

Table of Contents

1 Traditional Views 1

Compromise 1

Nonviolence 9

Violence 17

2 Today's Christians for Violence 27

The Singling Out of the Poor 30

The Basic Presuppositions 35

The Three Possible Orientations 43

The Character of Christian Participation in Violence 60

The Theological Consequences 71

3 Christian Realism in the Face of Violence 81

Violence as Necessity 84

The Law of Violence 93

Are There Two Kinds of Violence? 108

Rejection of Idealisms 115

4 The Fight of Faith 127

Necessity and Legitimacy 127

Christian Radicalism 145

The Violence of Love 160

Index 177

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