Jacques Ellul and the Technological Society in the 21st Century by Helena M. Jerónimo download in ePub, pdf, iPad
Christian idealism which is always concerned with the moral goodness of the human world. But it is only gross, highly visible, undeniable violence that evokes this scandalized reaction. Ellul says that many European Christians rushed into socialist circles and with this began to accept the movement's tactics of violence, propaganda, etc.
And this is why the gospel is so intolerable, intolerable to myself as I speak, as I say all this to myself and others, intolerable for readers, who can only shrug their shoulders. Paul, but unfortunately this is not in order that they may save some but in order that they may be like all men.
Later, he would attract a following among adherents of more ethically-compatible traditions such as the Anabaptists and the house church movement. He states that his intention is not to establish an anarchist society or the total destruction of the state. Rather, they must bring to social movements what they alone can provide. That is, being a Christian means pledging absolute allegiance to Christ, which makes other laws redundant at best or counter to the revelation of God at worst. We are to tell people and thus to increase their awareness the offense of the ruling classes is that of trying to blind and deaden the awareness of those whom they dominate.
He wants to act for the sake of justice, peace, progress, but does not know how. This movement is invading the whole intellectual domain and also that of conscience. Humanism prepares the ground for the anti-human. He did not go with the anarchists primarily because he had only recently met the woman that would become his wife and did not wish to leave her. Revelation demands this renunciation-the renunciation of illusions, of historic hopes, of references to our own abilities or numbers or sense of justice.
Their admiration of the Nazis cost those people dearly. But seeing this highly visible violence, they forthwith make lambs, saints, and martyrs of its victims. The second analyzes communicational and cultural problems, as well as threats and trends in early twenty-first century societies. Jesus Christ has come to save men, and all that matters is that men may come to know him.
Man's enslavement is the reverse side of the glory, value, and importance that are ascribed to him. Essays in the final section examine the duality of reason and revelation. Renounce everything in order to be everything. Ellul identified the State and political power as the Beast in the Book of Revelation. At best, they would cease to be good technicians.