Understanding Jacques Ellul
By Jeffrey P. Greenman, Read M. Schuchardt and Noah J. Toly
Due for release: 25/07/2013
Jacques Ellul (1912-1994), was, among other things, a scholar, activist, pastor, municipal civil servant, law professor and a lay leader in the ecumenical movement. He is regarded by the authors of this new work, and many others, as one of the world’s last great polymaths as well as one of the most salient Christian thinkers of the twentieth century. In spite of this there has never before been a single volume introduction to his ideas and their significance. Jeffrey P. Greenman, Read M. Schuchardt and Noah J. Toly address this lack with Understanding Jacques Ellul, an interdisciplinary exploration of the different branches of Ellul’s work.
Ellul wrote over fifty books and a thousand articles discussing every major facet of modern and historical society including: technology, the media, urbanism, politics and economics, scripture, and ethics. Though he was not educated on all of these topics, and did not interpret everything accurately, the authors of this book argue that his work forms a valuable entry point for understanding the fact, figures, forces, and consequences of the last century; a valuable entry point that has been neglected due to the size and diversity of his corpus of work. Understanding Jacques Ellul therefore, serves as a guide for understanding the work of this most significant interpreter of the central challenges of the late twentieth century.
Ellul’s work has something for everyone. It can provide a rewarding confrontation for a demanding thinker, interesting and important new questions to challenge the reader, and better understanding of concepts and ideas in light of what he says. The authors believe that in this work readers will find a voice worth listening to, a mind worth engaging, and a man for our times.
About the Authors:
Jeffrey P. Greenman is Associate Dean of Biblical and Theological Studies and Professor of Christian Ethics at Wheaton College (IL).
Read Mercer Schuchardt is Associate Professor of Communication at Wheaton College (IL).
Noah J. Toly is Director of Urban Studies and Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at Wheaton College (IL).
About the publisher: James Clarke and Co Ltd is a long-established British academic publisher specialising in historical and theological books and also in reference material. It has been associated with the Lutterworth Press since 1984.