The Presence of the Kingdom

The Presence of the Kingdom This new edition of Ellul s seminal work first published in brings back into print the volume considered the necessary primer for all Ellul study In The Presence of the Kingdom Ellul calls upo

  • Title: The Presence of the Kingdom
  • Author: Jacques Ellul Daniel B. Clendenin William Stringfellow Olive Wyon
  • ISBN: 9780939443147
  • Page: 362
  • Format: Paperback
  • This new edition of Ellul s seminal work, first published in 1948, brings back into print the volume considered the necessary primer for all Ellul study In The Presence of the Kingdom, Ellul calls upon Christians to be a radical presence in the world, opposing its will to death with a revolutionary way of life that brings the transforming power of the gospel to bear uThis new edition of Ellul s seminal work, first published in 1948, brings back into print the volume considered the necessary primer for all Ellul study In The Presence of the Kingdom, Ellul calls upon Christians to be a radical presence in the world, opposing its will to death with a revolutionary way of life that brings the transforming power of the gospel to bear upon all dimensions of individual as well as collective human existence.

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    • Tim says:

      A central book to my understanding of the Christian life and one that I need to reread regularly because it so provocatively describes the Christian's place and purpose in the world. Ellul describes the world as a system of sin (hints of his technological system as he explains how our ends have been overcome by our means which now operate as ends in themselves) and explains the many tensions of Christian living in that world. The Christian is called to be a sign in the world, witness and stabili [...]

    • David says:

      Ellul's very perceptive. That he could so effectively diagnose so many conditions that still hold, all the way back here in 1948, is impressive. This book is apparently a good overarching view of his approach to a lot of his thinking, and it's pretty thrillingly bold and sweeping. If you're a Christian still wrestling with what that might mean for how you should interact with the world (or "The World") there's plenty to chew on here.The introduction is well worth a read, too. I found it very hel [...]

    • loafingcactus says:

      The Technological Society lays out the quandary faced by the industrial world (which still exists in the post-industrial world through an inescapable inheritance) completely, academically and inescapably. This book provides the response to it, framed as a Christian response but really the only response anyone could possibly give. The response leans not at all on Christian theology and doesn't even lean on the existence elf God in any important way. Consequently, this is a response that can be im [...]

    • Todd says:

      Ellul takes his ideas about mechanized, technological mass society complete with modern propaganda and confronts it with a prescriptive question: what is the Christian to do in the contemporary situation? He complains that "Christians either let things happen as they would happen or confused the issues." (p viii) Ellul himself admits to being absorbed into Communism at a young age, and he held onto Communism's dialectic and many of its assumptions throughout his life, to include the historical i [...]

    • Zachary says:

      Writing this book around the midpoint of the 20th century, Ellul would seem at first glance to be largely out of date. In his time he did not know the Internet (at all), cell phones, the proliferation of information and ease of access to news. Nor is he aware of the modern political movements, such as Black Lives Matter and even the modern Pro-Life movement. And yet his words flash forward through time and parse our modern geopolitical situation in a way which seems almost preternatural.
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    • George says:

      Like a skeleton that needs its muscles, and perhaps some ligaments too. The bones are strong though. Asking the right questions.Is Ellul the orthodox theologian as intellectually competent as Ellul the sociologist/critic of technics?

    • Raphael Haeuser says:

      One of the best books I ever read!

    • Ben Swingle says:

      The Christian intellectual should pursue awareness in three ways:1.) rediscovery of our neighbor, despite technology's effect of estrangement 2.) rediscovery of "the Event" (i.e. the Incarnation)3.) rediscovery of natural/holy divide not artificially imposed but limiting the advance of technology into euthanasia and other technological excesses. "We must be convinced that there are no such things as 'Christian principles.' There is the Person of Christ, who is the principle of everything. But if [...]

    • Johnny Brooks says:

      I am not sure how Jacques Ellul’s book The Presence of the Kingdom ended up on my wish list, yet I am glad it did. Jacques Ellul is the first French theologian I have read. In fact this book may be the first French book I have read. (Of course not knowing French I read the English version.)A quarter of the book is made up of a Preface, A Forward to the 1967 edition, and an introduction to Ellul. While none of these sections offer much in terms of meaty thoughts, each is informative. Especially [...]

    • Mauberley says:

      It has been many years since I read 'The Technolgical Society' and, although I was comparatively young when I encountered that book, it made a lasting impression on me. So much so that, some time later, I experienced considerable deja vu when I read John Ralston Saul's 'Voltaire's Bastards', A trusted acquaintance told me of Ellul's extensive theological writings and my interest was re-ignited. After reaching the end of this short but provocative volume, I am eager to read more. For me, the key [...]

    • Nick Klagge says:

      This book started off a little shakily but ended strong. It takes him until about halfway through the book to start talking about things in a way that is concrete enough for me to understand (which is not all that long, since the book is only about 150 pages). There are strong intimations in this work of the idea later advanced by Hauerwas that "the first duty of the church is to be the church". I also see Ellul as a precursor to Alasdair MacIntyre in his extended discussion of means and ends. O [...]

    • Alex Stroshine says:

      "The Presence of the Kingdom" is, I think, part of the "theological canon" at Regent. It has been referenced in many classes. But my experience reading "The Presence of the Kingdom" is akin to my experience reading "The Christian Mind" by Harry Blamires: published originally in the mid-20th century, it was a prophetic and provocative book but by now it has been surpassed by more recent, clearer books. This book IS the place to start with Ellul as it does contain the seeds for the scholar's subse [...]

    • Bob says:

      The Presence of the Kingdom by Jacques Ellul is massively complex, & will take one's full concentration to get through, no easy reading here. The authors main concern here is in dealing with the following; How can a Christian be in the world but also distinct from the world. This is (as he sees it) the Christian's quandary & dilemma. Christ commands us to do just that which is difficult for the Christian to do lest one become assimilated and influenced by the ways and motives of a truly [...]

    • Mark Thomas says:

      Everyone should read this book will rock your world.This book was written in 1948 in France but it well could have been recently published in the U.S. The picture it paints of technology ruling culture is incredibly accurate of our current state. Ellul notes that when mindless technology takes over we will see progress defined as nothing substantial but rather as just a refining of existing technology to serve itself. If you doubt what I'm saying consider the Vinyl LP record, replaced by the 8 t [...]

    • Nate says:

      Ellul is at times very dense, but I always find flashes of brilliant light penetrating the canopy of his intricately woven thought. Written at the end of the Second World War as France was rebuilding its society, POTK is Ellul's concern about the errors of politicizing Christian action. He takes pains to stress that Christian Faith is a way of being before it is a way of doing, and he sums up this thought best by writing that wherever there is a justified man there is justice. Definitely an anti [...]

    • papasteve says:

      I skimmed through a friends copy, and fortunately there were a lot of underlines--which is mainly what I read. It seems that this book is a reaction to the whole "God is dead" movement that was alive and well back in the 1960s when this was written. That "God is dead" movement was fueled by Nietzsche, who had as one of his main premises that that which drove humankind was "the will to power." Ellul is working hard not to refute that premise, but to say it is alive and well in the world, and the [...]

    • John says:

      There's no question but that anyone wanting to delve into the deep and strange but wonderful world of Jacques Ellul, this is the book you MUST start with before reading any of his other seminal works. It was slow reading to say the least, but it was totally worth it. Mind blowing is how I would put its effect on me by the time I was done reading it.

    • Jeff Bjorgan says:

      My first Ellul book, a profound read, where he argues that in a world that is suicidal, intent on destroying itself, the church (as in the kingdom of God) is situated and empowered to--if it responds to its true nature--to bring a revolution, a revolution of life. Academic yet very accessible, Ellul's concepts will stick with me for a long time.

    • Mark Sequeira says:

      THIS IS A GREAT BOOK! I am getting tired of saying that but most books simply aren't worth acknowledging reading or taking the time to even post them. I wish all believers would read this book.

    • Kenny says:

      A very important book

    • Jeff says:

      This is a really good book. Ellul is an interesting theologian who is keenly focused on how we live out the witness of the gospel within the secular world.

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