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Living the Word, Resisting the World


Paternoster 2002

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Living the Word, Resisting the World offers a definitive study of both the life and thought of the French Reformed thinker Jacques Ellul (1912–1994). Last century, the extensive writing of French Reformed lay theologian shed a disturbing light on western society and challenged Christians to be faithful to God’s Word by resisting the world. This major study draws on both published and unpublished materials to provide the only available introduction to Ellul’s life and thought as a whole. Within the context of a detailed biography, it offers an original interpretation of both Ellul’s theological ethics and his personalist-inspired sociological analysis of our contemporary crisis of civilization. Details case studies of his writings on violence, law, the state, and politics then demonstrate that this prophetic Christian thinker remains of great significance for both the church and the world at the start of a new century.

Praise for the Print Edition

The best introduction to Ellul’s life and thought…

—Alister McGrath, Chair of Theology, Religion, and Culture, King's College, London

Product Details

  • Title: Living the Word, Resisting the World
  • Author: Andrew Goddard
  • Series: Theological Studies Collection
  • Publisher: Paternoster Press
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 378

About Andrew Goddard

Andrew Goddard is on the faculty of theology at the University of Oxford. His research interests include Christian ethics, political thought, sexual ethics, New Testament ethics, and Jacques Ellul.