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 todaydeftly translated by Cecilia Gaul Kingsis a forceful, original contribution to the ongoing discussion of the issue in church and society.
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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
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