{Anarchie et christianisme. English] Anarchy and Christianity / Jacques Ellul; translated by Geoffrey W. Bromiley. p. cm. Translation of; Anarchie et christianisme. Jacques Ellul often made brief comments, in his fifty or so books, affirming a kind of anarchism as the Anarchy and Christianity is his extended essay on the. Jacques Ellul blends politics, theology, history, and exposition in this analysis of the relationship between political anarchy and biblical faith. On the one hand.

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Return to Book Page. Preview — Anarchy and Christianity by Jacques Ellul. Anarchy and Christianity by Jacques Ellul. Geoffrey William Bromiley Translator. Jacques Ellul blends politics, theology, jacqes, and exposition in this analysis of the qnd between political anarchy and biblical faith.

On the one hand, suggests Ellul, anarchists need to understand that much of their criticism of Christianity applies only to the form of religion that developed, not to biblical faith. Christians, on the other hand, need to look Jacques Ellul blends politics, theology, history, and exposition in this analysis of the relationship between political anarchy and biblical faith. Christians, on the other hand, need to look at the biblical texts and not reject anarchy as a political option, for it seems closest to biblical thinking.

Book Review: Anarchy and Christianity by Jacques Ellul

Ellul here defines anarchy as the nonviolent repudiation of authority. He looks at the Bible as the source of anarchy in the sense of nondomination, not disorderworking through the Old Testament history, Jesus’ ministry, and finally the early church’s view of power as reflected in the New Testament writings. Paperbackpages. Published January 1st by William B. To see what your friends thought chrishianity this book, please sign up.

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Jan 12, peter rated it it was ok. I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, they were higher than Ellul could realistically meet.

He states both in the introduction and conclusion that his aim is neither to Christianize Anarchism nor to Anarchize Christianity.

Rather, he seeks throughout this slim volume to point to the early Christian hostility to authority and to the notion that Christians and Anarchists face the same enemies and nemeses.

His hostility to Islam is disconcerting, as he presents himself as someone learned in I had high hopes for this book. His hostility to Islam is disconcerting, as he presents himself as someone learned in its analysis. Why include it at all, if the aim is to explore the compatibility of Christianity and Anarchism? I frankly wish he hadn’t mentioned it at all rather than betraying a semi-triumphalist and unfortunately xenophobic tendency through its mention. As to the type of Anarchism espoused, he mentions an affinity for Anarcho-Syndicalism.

Anarchy and Christianity by Jacques Ellul

This is sensible, as it’s quite close to the social relationship of the apostles in Acts. Still, he later veers closer to something like Ammon Hennacy’s “One Man Revolution” idea in advocating conscientious objection to all of modern society.

Ellul’s idea is somewhat more social than Hennacy’s inasmuch as he recommends creating “margin societies” or autonomous collectives outside the reach of the State.

This type of resignation, however, helps nobody outside the reach of the collective. It is a kind of social boycott which can assuage the conscience of its participants but does little to nothing to help those still afflicted by the State writ large.

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Finally, his rejection of any violence whatsoever also leads Ellul to reject Liberation Theology. He betrays a position of privilege here. The pacifism to which he subscribes is the same kind endorsed by White America during the Civil Rights movement: It seems odd to accuse someone like Ellul of harboring anti-revolutionary sympathies, but no more odd than actually finding them in a text called “Anarchy and Christianity”.

This is a very honest read and is one of the freshest books on Christianity I have read. The author outlines the innate incompatibility of most forms of anarchy and Christianity and why most anarchists would not accept any Christian as a practicing Anarchist.

On the premise of that predicament, Ellul barrels forward covering thousands of years of history and exegetes numerous scriptures, I believe all key scriptures both in the Hebrew Bible and the Greek Bible, that refer to authority or are use This is a very honest read and is one of the freshest books on Christianity I have read. With such a blatant title, the book does not limit itself and touches various components to the Christian faith and life.

I recommend the read simply to challenge your general and traditional view of both Christianity and Anarchy. If you do, expect a new breath of interesting air that may encourage you to reframe how you view politics and authority, even if you are not a Christian or Anarchist.

Oct 15, Jared Schumacher rated it it was amazing. In many ways a way of speaking of the politics of Jesus from a slightly different angle. Mostly, this will be a good resource for interpretation of Christian’s relationship to power.

Sabbath Book 13 for The faith handed to me in my youth was closely associated with the political right. I could not comprehend how a professing Christian could be anything but Republican.

Book Review: Anarchy and Christianity by Jacques Ellul – Shannon T.L. Kearns

As a young adult in Chicago, I grew uncomfortable with Republican hypocrisies, and because of my involvement with the right as a publicist, I lost my faith. Disinterested in legislating morality and skeptical of politics in general, I shifted to Libertarianism. But ten years ago, Macques followed my elkul fai Sabbath Book 13 for But ten years ago, I followed my renewed faith into lives that are oppressed and dehumanized by the right and by market forces, and although my past mistakes kept me from adopting any firm ideology, I began leaning toward liberalism in its contemporary sense.

In the meantime, I developed significant friendships with anarchists, and often found myself in agreement with their perspectives.

In the latest election, I was disgusted by the manipulations and appeals aimed at Christians by the Democratic party. I also felt a deep unease at corruptions within the aanarchy and its inevitably deep ties with the kinds of power it purports to resist or control. Despite my activity on local and national issues I demonstrate and I interview people I admire for a podcast and I have the numbers of all my local and national officials in my phoneI am deeply unsatisfied with my own understanding of politics.

So I’m on this quest to discover a healthy relation between my faith and my political life. Jacques Ellul’s Anarchy and Christianity is a thrilling and short piece that explores two apparently opposed movements and encourages thoughtful conversation between them. Which I found a powerful and promising suggestion, regardless of my many disagreements with the steps Ellul jacquew to get there.

Of course, the primary problem, outside of deep-set and unquestioned antipathy between anarchists and Christians, is the fact that both terms are large umbrellas with numerous offshoots, deep internal disagreements, and varying dogmas. So Ellul does what he can. He defines the sort of anarchy he finds relevant to the conversation the non-violent kind, which I find non-negotiable jacqkes light of the Gospels and appropriately explores the Christian scriptures to discern the views of Christ and his early followers.


He states that anv aim is just to show that of the available political positions, anarchism best aligns with Christianity. Ellul avoids many difficulties by limiting his scope. He does not hope to make anarchists into Christians or Christians into anarchists. He does not play out the conversation, but merely suggests that one should take place. His case, especially from the Hebrew Scriptures and the life of Jesus, is compelling.

He insightfully interprets Jesus’s posture and teaching in regard to political powers, even unto the point of death. He demonstrates, however briefly, how the early church followed this example until it was corrupted by alliances with those powers.

His work with other New Testament writers is more challenging for me. I find his interpretation of Romans 13 a chapter I find very difficult in view of what surrounds it unsatisfying. While his view of Revelation is compelling, it’s also embattled, extremely political, and removed from most of the interpretations of the book I’ve previously explored. I look forward to further explorations. I didn’t give this book four stars because I agreed with its jacquess, although I found much of it resonant.

I give it high praise because of the lines of thinking it provokes for me. I’m looking forward to learning more, both from Ellul and from the scriptures he chrishianity so passionately. View all 3 comments. It was a great reading. Although I have some disagreements not related to the core of his essayI recommend it, indeed. He is clear in the two points that makes Christianity jadques from Anarchy: Because they may turn to the Bible to find out how it really sees power, authority, and domination.

Finally, Ellul offers a sometimes fresh reading of some texts from the Hebrew Bible and from the New Testament. He reads the biblical texts contextually in its literary form and within its historical context.

If you do not agree with any of his interpretations, remember to offer a better suggestion in the same level reading the biblical texts in its literary form and within its historical context, and not through anarhcy religious lenses that obfuscate the whole of the biblical context. May this reading challenge you as it challenged me, in a very positive way. In the end, may we treat one another as Jesus would do it.

Not resorting to power and authoritarian means, but to love. May 01, Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves: I was surprised at how readable this book was, and it was very interesting to hear someone expand on a lot of things I’ve thought about myself. Ellul doesn’t go too deep, and some of his exegesis seems a bit questionable, but for the most part it was interesting reading and gave me plenty of things to think about.

He discusses nonviolence and nonvoting and devotes quite a bit of time toward demonstrating that Jesus and the early Christians did not support political powers and hierarchies.

His in I was surprised at how readable this book was, and it was very interesting to hear someone expand on a lot of things I’ve thought about myself. His intent is not to convert anarchists to Christianity or Christians to anarchy, but just to demonstrate that the two beliefs can be held simultaneously without self-contradiction.

Feb 02, Jaap rated it liked it.

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