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Jacques Ellul (1912–1994)

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Jacques Ellul, historian, theologian, and sociologist, is one of the foremost and widely known contemporary critics of modern technological society. Born in Bordeaux, France, Ellul received a doctorate in the history of law and social science in 1936 from the University of Bordeaux. In 1947 he was visa mer appointed professor of social history at the University of Bordeaux, remaining there until his retirement in 1980. Although influenced strongly by his early reading of the Bible Marx, Ellul has been unable to synthesize Marxist doctrine with Christianity. These readings and experiences have influenced his later philosophy and writing. Ellul has taught and written extensively in his areas of specialization - Roman law, the history and sociology of institutions, Marxism, propaganda, and technique in society. He also served in the French Resistance during World War II, worked as a lay pastor, and has been active with various theological organizations, including the World Council of Churches. In addition, Ellul has been active in the environmental movement and has worked to prevent juvenile delinquency and violence. Since 1969, he has been editor of Foi et Vie (Faith and Life). Although retired as a teacher, Ellul has continued writing. One of his writing projects is an autobiography to be published after his death. Ellul has provided a sociopolitical as well as a theological analysis of contemporary society in more than 40 books and 800 articles. The Technological Society (1954) established Ellul as a social critic. The book has had a major impact on the collective consciousness of a society just beginning to recognize the central role and force of technology. Here Ellul develops the notion of "technique," a concept much broader than technology: "Technique is the totality of methods rationally arrived at." In Ellul's view, technology in this sense tends to become all-encompassing. His subsequent books, especially The Political Illusion (1965) and Propaganda (1962), further develop and refine elements of this central theme. This "trilogy" of books reflects Ellul's desire to alert readers to the dangers of technological determinism and thereby help them transcend it. Because of a dialectical approach separating his sociopolitical and theological studies, Ellul has often been criticized as overly pessimistic in his sociologically based writings. His theological works, however, provide a more positive perspective and counterpoint to his sociological work. Most notable are The Politics of God and the Politics of Man (1966), The Meaning of the City (1970), and especially The Ethics of Freedom (1973). The main body of Ellul's sociopolitical critique of technical society is reflected by The Technological Society, The Political Illusion, Propaganda, and The Technological System. Among his other works are Autopsy of Revolution (1969), which questions what kind of revolution is realistically possible, The Humiliation of the Word (1981), which expands upon the concept of "human techniques", and The Technological Bluff (1990), which discusses the state of contemporary society, especially in regard to such technologies as computers and genetic engineering and the progressive "discourse" that surrounds their societal incorporation. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
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The Technological Society (1964) 805 exemplar
The Subversion of Christianity (1984) 267 exemplar
The Meaning of the City (1970) 265 exemplar
Anarchy and Christianity (1988) 251 exemplar
The Presence of the Kingdom (1967) 245 exemplar
Money & Power (1984) 150 exemplar
The Humiliation of the Word (1981) 147 exemplar
Technological Bluff (1988) 128 exemplar
Prayer and Modern Man (1970) 117 exemplar
The ethics of freedom (1976) 111 exemplar
The Judgement of Jonah (1971) 103 exemplar
Technological System (1977) 92 exemplar
The Political Illusion (1964) 91 exemplar
The New Demons (1973) 80 exemplar
Hope in time of abandonment (1973) 80 exemplar
What I Believe (1987) 60 exemplar
The Betrayal of the West (1975) 44 exemplar
Islam and Judeo-Christianity (2004) 42 exemplar
False presence of the kingdom (1959) 42 exemplar
Autopsy of revolution (1971) 41 exemplar
On Freedom, Love, and Power (2010) 24 exemplar
To Will and to Do (1969) 18 exemplar
Métamorphose du bourgeois (1998) 14 exemplar
An Unjust God? (1991) 13 exemplar
Histoire de la propagande (1967) 9 exemplar
Storia delle istituzioni: 2 (1995) 5 exemplar
Guds närvaro i modern tid (1981) 4 exemplar
Théologie et technique (2014) 4 exemplar
Storia delle istituzioni (1963) 3 exemplar
Ellul par lui-même (2008) 3 exemplar
Silences: Poemes (1995) 3 exemplar
Histoire des Institutions (1969) 2 exemplar
Un chrétien pour Israël (1986) 2 exemplar
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Nr̃varo i modern tid (2021) 1 exemplar
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La speranza dimenticata (2018) 1 exemplar

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Namn enligt folkbokföringen
Ellul, Jacques Cesar Emile
Land (för karta)
Bordeaux, Gironde, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
Pessac, Gironde, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
Bordeaux, Gironde, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
Paris, Île-de-France, France
University of Bordeaux (Ph.D|1936)
University of Paris
Professor of History and the Sociology of Institutions
University of Bordeaux
Kort biografi
a French philosopher, Law professor, sociologist, theologian, and Christian anarchist. He wrote several books about the "technological society", and about Christianity and politics, such as Anarchy and Christianity (1991)—arguing that anarchism and Christianity are socially following the same goal.

A philosopher who approached technology from a deterministic viewpoint, Ellul, professor at the University of Bordeaux, authored some 40 books and hundreds of articles over his lifetime, the dominant theme of which has been the threat to human freedom and Christian faith created by modern technology. His constant concern has been the emergence of a "technological tyranny" over humanity. As a philosopher and theologian, he further explored the religiosity of the technological society.



Could've made the same point in 40-80 pages and with that getting your message across and not annoying your readers. With the premise the author sets, I am not sure all examples work as valid arguments, and many sound as if they're coming from a ludite.
atrillox | 4 andra recensioner | Nov 27, 2023 |
Ellul is well known for his ideas on the technological society in which we live. He explains tension in his own life between the pressures of living in a technological age and the importance of faith as played in his life. He takes the position that if faith in Christ works itself out in the reality of daily life it can set us free in today's world.Religious
PendleHillLibrary | 1 annan recension | Nov 17, 2023 |
This is a study of political action and the prophetic function of religion. The author believes that all our political illusions and all our social visions and their compromising provisions are merely vain attempts to conceal the fact that the real political problem is a theological one.
PendleHillLibrary | 1 annan recension | Nov 10, 2023 |
A book that does a remarkably effective job of shattering illusions and calling Christians back, individually and corporately, to their real raison d'etre.
PendleHillLibrary | Nov 3, 2023 |



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