The Political Illusion by Jacques Ellul, translated from the French by. Konrad Kellen. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, rxxi, , x pp. $ Walter Kaufman once. In the tradition of Eric Hoffer and Colin Wilson, the author presents a French variant of the honest skeptic who tends to dismiss everyman’s cant in favor of his . Jacques Ellul, historian, theologian, and sociologist, is one of the foremost and widely known contemporary critics of modern technological society. Born in.

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The book has had a major impact on the collective consciousness of a society just beginning to recognize the central role and force of technology. Return to Book Page. But today the debt is illusiin than ever, and growing. BP PodcastChristian Worldview. Government is the solution to every social need. His theological works, however, provide a more positive perspective and counterpoint to his sociological work.

The enemy is la politique, a politics that consumes too great a share of man’s time and fate. This “trilogy” of books reflects Ellul’s desire to alert readers to the dangers of technological determinism and thereby help them transcend it.

The Political Illusion by Jacques Ellul

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Although influenced strongly by his early reading of the Bible Marx, Ellul has been unable to synthesize Marxist doctrine with Christianity. Please provide an email address. Dylan marked it as to-read Oct 26, Ryan marked it ellkl to-read Jan 21, Patrick Benton marked it as to-read Dec 20, Tommy rated it liked it Jul 02, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


In the tradition of Eric Hoffer and Colin Wilson, the author presents a French variant of the honest skeptic who tends to dismiss everyman’s cant in favor of his own. Few of his books are overtly political — even though they deal directly with political phenomena — and several of his books, including “Propaganda: Sincehe has been editor of Foi poliitcal Vie Faith and Life.

The Political Illusion

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In the 40 books and hundreds of articles Ellul wrote in his lifetime, his dominant theme was always the threat to human freedom posed by modern technology.

Today on BreakPoint, a classic commentary by Chuck Colson on government and politics. Rachel marked it as to-read Sep 25, In he returned to Bordeaux where he lived, wrote, served as Mayor, and taught until his death in Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The people control nothing; it is all an illusion, a fantasy.

Frdaniel rated it it was amazing Mar 27, The Formation of Men’s Attitudes” and “The Technological Society” are required reading in many graduate communication curricula. Ellul has provided a sociopolitical as well as a theological analysis of contemporary society in more than 40 books and articles.

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Jonathan Inkman rated it it was amazing Sep 09, Ellul was also a respected and serious Christian theologian whose work, “The Presence of the Kingdom,” makes explicit a dual theme inherent, though subtly stated, in all of his writing, a sort of yin and yang of modern technological society: The political politicxl Vintage books ; V His subsequent books, especially The Political Illusion and Propagandafurther develop and refine elements of this central theme.

Books by Jacques Ellul. Born in Bordeaux, Elpul, Ellul received a doctorate in the history of law and social science in from the University of Bordeaux. The author’s aversion to “”democratic planning”” almost makes his book liable illuzion service as a chapbook for the Goldwaterites of the world who are always against “”hegemony,”” and always for “”equitable settlements,”” but are indifferent to the instrumentalities by which man governs himself.

The political illusion Jacques Ellul Snippet view – In the midst of this extraordinary presidential race, we illueion it was time to hear Chuck on this topic again. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Popular film culture in Fascist Italy: Jeanne Goloub marked it as to-read Mar 12,