Presence in the Modern World is Jacques Ellul's most foundational book, combining his social analysis with his theological orientation. Appearing first in French in 1948, and later in English as the Presence of the Kingdom, it has reached the status of a classic that retains all of its relevance in the face of today's challenges. How should we respond toward such complex forces as technology or the state? How can we communicate with one another, despite the problems inherent in modern forms of media? Do we have hope for the future of our civilization? Ellul responds by describing how a Christian's unique presence in the world can make a difference. Instead of acting 'as sociological beings', we must commit ourselves to the kind of revolution that will occur only when we become radically aware of our present situation and undertake 'a ferocious and passionate destruction of myths, intellectual idols, unconscious rejections of reality, and outmoded and empty doctrines'. In this way, says Ellul, we become the medium for God's action in the modern world.This 2016 edition presents a fresh translation along with new footnotes, an introduction to Ellul's life, and a complete bibliography of his books in English and French.
Publisher: James Clarke & Co Ltd
Number of pages: 146
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 8 mm
Today the moral question above all others is how to be truly awake and fully equal to the technological world. Jacques Ellul as a young man saw the question and began to outline the answer in Presence in the Modern World. Albert Borgmann, Author of Power Failure: Christianity in the Culture of Technology Read Presence in the Modern World. Not only is it the introduction to Ellul's entire body of work, but its emphasis on Christians' revolutionary situation in the world has never been more relevant. Patrick Chastenet, University of Bordeaux; President of the Association Internationale Jacques Ellul Lisa Richmond's new translation echoes Ellul's radicality and revolutionary fervour, making the reading a brilliant experience. Enjoy this powerful book! Marva Dawn, Author; translator of Sources and Trajectories: Eight Early Articles by Jacques Ellul that Set the Stage
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