{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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First, these commandments are the border that God draws between life and death.

Anarchism and Christianity Archived at the Wayback Machine. These visible things are the sociological and institutional aspect of the church eklul no more; they are not the church. What we find are two reactions. My answer is that in this case we will have to allow for a transitional period, because tendencies which are so firmly rooted will not be eradicated in one generation.

Naturally, this was a personal view. Give it back to him when he demands it.

Amsterdam became the drug capital, and the center of the city holds a horrible concen- tration of addicts. I am not trying to convert anarchists to the Christian faith.

Book Review: Anarchy and Christianity by Jacques Ellul

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.

How did the people of Israel react to the rule of Rome jcaques the one side which was less severe than that of the Jewish crown and the violence of the Herods on the other? To be sure, he ruthlessly condemned the masses and all authorities, even though they be based on democracy. When two na- tions went to war, each was sure that God was on its side in an incredible distortion of biblical thinking, as though it were the elect people of the Hebrew Bible, or as though it were fighting the allegorical battle of Revelation and the political enemy were Satan.


I am saying that their two great characteristics, no matter christisnity their society or education, are covetousness and the desire for power. Obviously, we have here a complete reversal of the preaching of Jesus, the epistles of Paul, and also the prophets.

We have been freed and must not become the slaves of anything. How can we say, then, that he does not force us? I thought this book really failed to convince me, which is a shame because I’m respectively open to and practicing the two subjects of the book. They wanted a king. A poor person of any kind is supposedly identical with Jesus Christ. In truth the chrkstianity or hope of a society with neither authorities nor institutions rests on the twofold conviction that people are by nature good and that society alone is corrupt.

Ellul opens up a few of his unorthodox beliefs woth which I disagree, but I chew the meat and spit out the bones.

Christian anarchism – Wikipedia

It has a specific place in creation. The pope even made a concordat with Hitler. They were read in the synagogues even though they must anachy seemed like antiroyalist propaganda to rulers like Ahab. Moreover, the structure of Ellul’s argument seemed a bit disorganized and the exegesis was inexhaustive.

I find his interpretation of Romans 13 a chapter An find very difficult in view of what surrounds it unsatisfying. This is why, in a movement chdistianity is very close to anarchy, that of ecologists, I am always opposed to political participation.

Should we pay, or should we not pay? 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. We not only recall the success of Gandhi but nearer home it is also evident that Martin Luther King did much to advance the cause of American Blacks, christiaity later movements, for example, the Black Muslims and Black Panthers, which wanted to make quicker headway by using all kinds of violence, not only gained nothing but even lost some of the gains made by King.

Herod died in A. I believe that what we have already said will facilitate our reply. For Christian anarchists the moment which epitomises the degeneration of Christianity christiqnity the conversion of Emperor Constantine after his victory at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge in Herod returned to Jerusalem with an army but his father intervened to prevent a new war. That’s how O’Donovan writes. But where jacquew all human history fit in? And don’t bother reading the first half. My personal response is as chriatianity.


If they put this question, then, it was because it was already being debated. Wikiquote has quotations related to: I am noting here what was the official teaching, that of the higher clergy and church policy among the Orthodox and Lutherans as well. Turning over tables, etc. God saw that everything was very good.

I must first say very simply what anarchy I have in view. Is our hope to be a withering away of the state? Either God is omnipotent but in vi of the evil on earth he is not good since it is he who doe s all that takes placeor God is good but he is not omnipotent, since he cannot prevent the evil that is done.

One that has oppressed the poor and sought to gain privilege and power instead of expressing the love of God. In recent years there has been much talk of a guerrilla Jesus who, the people thought, would chase out the Romans. Views Read Edit View history. We cannot say anything positive about God.

For the final temptation, Jesus is taken up to a high mountain by Satan and told that if he bows down to Satan he will give him all the kingdoms of the world.

My statement to this effect has no connection with the Christian idea of sin. At the beginning of the war the deliberate policy was to remove the better Anarcho-Syndicalists, and the union movement underwent a radical change with the appointment of permanent offi- cials.