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The Subversion of Christianity [Paperback]

By Mr. Jacques Ellul (Author)
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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.42" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.55"
Weight:   0.63 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 2001
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802800491  
EAN  9780802800497  

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Pointing to the many contradictions between the Bible and the practice of the church, Jacques Ellul asserts in this provocative and stimulating book that what we today call Christianity is actually far removed from the revelation of God. / Successive generations have reinterpreted Scripture and modeled it after their own cultures, thus moving society further from the truth of the original gospel. The church also perverted the gospel message, for instead of simply doing away with pagan practice and belief, it reconstituted the sacred, set up its own religious forms, and thus resacralized the world. / Ellul develops several areas in which this perversion is most obvious, including the church's emphasis on moralism and its teaching in the political sphere. The heart of the problem, he says, is that we have not accepted the fact that Christianity is a scandal; we attempt to make it acceptable and easy --- and thus pervert its true message. / Ultimately, however, Ellul remains hopeful. For, in spite of all that has been done to subvert the message of God, the Holy Spirit continues to move in the world. "Christianity," writes Ellul, "never carries the day decisively against Christ."

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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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Strap On Your Seat Belt  Dec 17, 2007
This book will challenge everything you have ever believed. It is not for the faint of heart or for those stuck in the catagories of rational Western thought. Ellul does not leave a single sacred cow alive.
Deserves More than a Cursory Read  Jan 24, 2007
Like Barth and Brunner before him, Jacques Ellul makes a distinction between the true faith and a institutionalized, world-encrusted religion. In "The Subversion of Christianity," Ellul condemns the Christian religion as a faith subverted by the world. He decries the triumph of philosophy. Theologians readily begin with the biblical witness or revelation but then quickly leave it behind. In a desire to reach the truth, they develop moral codes, philosophical systems, and metaphysical constructs. Although they have good intentions, their result destroys the love and grace of the gospel.

Jacques Ellul is very careful about the charges that he makes against Christianity. His arguments are subtle, and Ellul is quick to acknowledge the hyperbole of those who criticize the faith from the outside. Nonetheless, he often finds a kernel of truth at the root of those criticisms. Ellul blames the worst of Christianity on it's subversion. Moreover, the author levels charges against the church that even her greatest critics do not. For example, he suggests that Christianity itself is at least partly responsible for the rise of nihilism. Biblical revelation destroys the legitimacy of every other worldview. A weakened and subverted Christianity then provides a poor substitute, basically leaving us to ourselves.

At the end, Ellul still offers hope. The institutionalization of the faith appears almost inevitable, but the resurgence of the gospel is likewise inevitable. As Jesus said, the "gates of hell will not prevail against [the church]" (Matthew 16:18). That does not mean there is one particular solution. In reality there are times and places of renewal and retreat. Many times revival comes not as the church relates to itself. Instead, revival comes as the church relates to the world.

"The Subversion of Christianity" is a profound work that deserves more than a cursory read.
The Subversion of Christianity: Key to Ellul's Thought  Aug 22, 2005
Theologian, Sociologist, Public Servant, Lawyer, Jacques Ellul is one of the twentieth century's deepest thinkers and most prolific writers. The Subversion of Christianity provides the skeleton key to the rest of Ellul's writings, since above and below everything else Ellul is, he is a radical Christian, rooted deeply in biblical thought. But his Christian faith is much more profound and biblical than the Christendom he, and Kierkegaard before him, deplores. Subversion is not just an attack, it is a thorough exploration and explanation of how sincere religious people, lay and clerical, have turned upside down the revelation of God found in the Bible and in the person of Jesus Christ, beginning in the third century and continuing through the present day. This has happened, Ellul explains, not through evil intent but because leaders of the Church were seduced by power, by law, by morality, by syncretism, and forgot to be faithful to revelation.
Though written in the 1980s, Ellul's book is as relevant today as it was when he wrote it. It's a must read for serious and thoughtful Christians.
an important work for all contemporary church-lovers  May 29, 2001
When I first read this book, so many things fell into place that I've been buying up copies and giving them to my friends to read. Ellul ably holds to the essential core of Christian teaching while showing how the church throughout history has consistently been led away from truly living out the gospel -- whether by outside forces or by the weight of its own success, the church has continually done exactly the opposite of what the New Testament writers tell us to do. This book is fairly easy to read, and is very straightforward: Ellul takes us through some of the most important missteps in church history and shows how the good news of Grace and Freedom was forced to the side, even with the best of intentions. Ellul challenges us to find a new way of living out the Gospel, without either conforming ourselves to our present age or rejecting the essential elements of Christian doctrine. If the church is to have any effect, he says, we must return to our origins as a group of subversive individuals who refuse to play along with society's expectations. Only by being subversive ourselves (as all the heroes of faith have been), can we return Christianity to its place as bearer of good news to a world which needs to hear it.
A Challenging Work for all Christian Scholars  Jul 27, 1999
Jacques Ellul is the author of some forty books, and this one lives up to the high standards that he sets with each one. "The Subversion of Christianity" is an Academic work that is both challenging to read, and thought consuming, but for a true Christian Scholar, beyond the difficult prose lies a strong arguement against the current state of Christianity today. Ellul refutes several issues of the church such as morality, anti-feminism and practices to show that Christianity of the current world is a complete contradiction of the revelation of Jesus Christ. Ellul does not waver in pointing out the causes of this subversion, and supports his thesis with a wealth of knowledge and resources. The purpose of Ellul's work is of course, the repairation of the church and the obedience to the revelation of Christ.

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