Perspectives On Our Age Paperback – Mar 1 1997
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About the Author
Jacques Ellul (1912-1994) was a professor at the University of Bordeaux, a social activist, and a prolific writer. His dedication to social and political action made him a known and respected figure in France, while his numerous books, which include Propaganda, The Subversion of Christianity, and The Political Illusion, attracted worldwide attention and helped to establish him as a key twentieth-century thinker.Willem H. Vanderburg is the founding director of the Centre for Technology and Social Development at the University of Toronto, and is the author of The Growth of Minds and Cultures and The Labyrinth of Technology. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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1st reason- This book has the failings of a few other Ellul books, most namely to me The Technological Bluff. His ideas are quite fine, but applied too specifically to stuff I don't know or care about. The French Government, this weird medical device that they obviously don't use anymore: personally, I like Ellul's broad, world-encompassing notions and ideas. "Think globally, act locally!" Indeed, Ellul (that's his slogan)!
2nd Reason- because it's similar to Conversations with Patrick Troude-Chastenet... but not as good! Here he also brings back some of his big ideas, and doles out some more really good ones! Yes, I admit that! But it doesn't have the poetic narrative of his own life to feed from. It's more just like "hodge podge of thinkings from the porch of Jacques Ellul." If you haven't read Conversations, read that first. Then this. I still insist it is very good, but some parts... the problem could also be that I'm not into dissecting economic situations, and here he discusses Marxism (and its influence on him) pretty heavily.
The last chapter on religion is good for bridging the gap from Ellul's study of technique to his ideas on religious texts. I was pretty disappointed when I found out he was a Christian, thinking perhaps he was a crackpot who had some moral aversion to the technologically advanced rock n' roll kids are listening to these days (and he does say that at one point), but he does have some very eccentric and thoughtful spiritual ideas that definitely separate him from the herd of followers. Because I dislike blind followers of both religion and technology, so I said, "Oh no, Ellul: don't do dat, boy!" at first. But he's all right, so far as I know. No "God told me to save the world by writing this book" or "the human body is a technology of God, so that's okay!" Enjoy!
This book will challenge many views that we take for granted. It will lead us to question things we see in society and the church that we take for granted. Many questions that arise from this book will help us to return to a greater purity in life and in the church.
Enjoy...it will tickle your brain.