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The Presence of the Kingdom [Paperback]

By Jacques Ellul (Author) & Daniel B. Clendenin (Introduction by)
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A theologist calls upon Christians to become a force for social change in theworld. (Theology)

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This new edition of Ellul's seminal work, first published in 1948, brings back into print the volume considered "the necessary primer for all Ellul study." In "The Presence of the Kingdom," Ellul calls upon Christians to be a radical presence in the world, opposing its will to death with a revolutionary way of life that brings the transforming power of the gospel to bear upon all dimensions of individual as well as collective human existence.

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Studio: Helmers & Howard Publishing
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.52" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 1989
Publisher   Helmers & Howard Publishing
ISBN  0939443147  
ISBN13  9780939443147  

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More About Jacques Ellul & Daniel B. Clendenin

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jacques Ellul was a professor at the University of Bordeaux. He is the author of Propaganda, The Subversion of Christianity, and The Technological Society. William H. Vanderburg is the director of the Center for Technology and Social Development at the University of Toronto. He is the author of The Growth of Minds and Cultures and The Labyrinth of Technology.

Jacques Ellul was born in 1912 and died in 1994.

Jacques Ellul has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Jacques Ellul Legacy

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1Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Authors, A-Z > ( E ) > Ellul, Jacques
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Theology > General
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"The necessary primer for all Ellul study"-Daniel Clendenin  Nov 20, 2007
For such a thin (less than 200 pages) book, this book is thick with meaning.

Many times, I would read a section or whole chapter and tell myself, QUOI? And I don't speak Ellul's language (French), only know a few words, like quoi, WHAT?. One needs a little knowledge of Hegel's dialectic which largely influenced Marxism. Hegel and Christianity? Yes, that's the originality Ellul brings to christian writing and thinking. Ellul is not a communist, however, and is misunderstood often.

"What is first required of the Christian is not action (although that cannot be neglected) but a presence, a style of life, an attitude, a special mode of existence." -"Introduction" by Daniel Clendenin.

"The Christian should neither withdraw from the world, nor be lost in the midst of the world. Instead, the Christian should bring the reign of G-d and the world into collision."-Jacques Ellul's chapter "Revolutionary Christianity.

How can a Christian be in the world but also distinct from the world is the Christian's quandary and dilemma. Christ commands us to do just that which is difficult for the Christian to do lest one become assimilated and influenced by the ways and motives of a truly godless world. So that is essentially the subject of this book which I must admit I sometimes had a hard time following some of Ellul's thoughts...I'm glad I purchased this book from this site so that I can refer to it and reread it to truly get the whole gist of this book written in 1948. This book is one of Ellul's earliest works. William Stringfellow's "Foreword" to the 1967 edition, also in this book, reminds the reader of Ellul's experiences in the French underground of WWII which I'm sure was a crucible for many, many christians throughout Europe as to how a Christian should make an impact in the world to contain so much confusion and false christianity which was terribly unleashed through the actions of the Hitlers and Eichmanns of Europe.

I do recommend this book highly, but must temper this review with my first impressions of the book. I was at first disappointed with it. My first Ellul book, The Meaning of the City, I absolutely adored, understood everything and could say that he was saying exactly the things that needed to be said. With this book, my reaction was many times, QUOI? That said, is my only warning, but do read the book!
The First book to read in the Ellul Canon  Apr 26, 2001
Jacques Ellul{he of blessed memory], is a difficult man to catagorize. Profound thinker,anarchist and Christian,member of the resistance during WWII,Prophet on technology and propaganda{no one,well few,listened] his writings are somewhat dense{similar in some ways to his countrywoman Simone Weil.}Ellul looks at EVERYTHING THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPELS,therby alienating those who are genuinely opposed to religion.In this book he goes after Christian in the moders world, and the dangers in adapting Christianity to society{what William Stringfellow called reading scripture AMERICANLY},the horrifying results in putting technology{or his term TECHNIQUE}ahead of human considerations, and the implicit moral dilemas therein.He also, in another chapeter,elaborates on what he believes is a genuinely Christian lifestyle"WE NEED A REVOLUTION, IN A WORLD WHERE IT HAS BECOME IMPOSSIBLE$Q. Ellul is not an easy read{not for me ,anyway} though he is rewarding and challenging. Certainly an antidote to tele-evangalism and fundamentalism, Ellul's writings, like Weil's, McLuhans{on technology and propaganda} and Barth's are difficult{and somewhat slow} and rewarding. HIGHLY

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