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Money and Power
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Money and Power

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Wipf & Stock 2009

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Gathering Interest

Overview

Rich or poor, we all face the problem of money. But is money chiefly a personal problem of how we manage our resources or a societal problem of how we organize the economy?

Jacques Ellul exposes the folly of a purely societal approach—whether communism, collectivism, socialism, or capitalism—and argues for individual responsibility. Money, he says, is not neutral, something we can use as we like. Instead it is a powerful agent that sets itself against God’s kingdom. Tracing the scriptural attitudes toward wealth from Old Testament sacramentalism through New Testament renunciation, he challenges Christians to live by the law of grace and not by the law of the marketplace.

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Key Features

  • Addresses theological and practical application in regard to society’s use of money
  • Explores wealth throughout the Old and New Testaments
  • Argues that the approach to money, and responsibility for it, needs to change from societal to individual
  • Discusses the true nature of money and removes its neutrality

Contents

  • The Problem of Money: From Theory to Reality
    • The Problem: Individual or Coporate?
    • Capitalism, Socialism, and Christianity
    • Traditional and Recent Christian Responses
    • Today’s Challenge
  • Wealth in the Old Testament
    • Righteous Rich Men
    • An Ethic of Wealth
    • Wealth as Reward and Blessing
    • Wealth as a Sacrament
    • The Desacramentation of Wealth
  • Money
    • What Money Really Is
    • Money as a Test
    • Money in Christian Life
  • Children and Money
    • Realistic Teaching
    • Possession and Deliverance
    • Learning to Live
  • The Haves and the Have-Nots
    • The Rich
    • The Poor
    • God’s Question and Our Response
    • Meditation

Praise for the Print Edition

Ellul’s Money and Power remains the finest single work available anywhere on the theological and practical implications of our use and abuse of money, and the current financial crisis proves the validity of Ellul’s assertions. Business leaders and citizens alike would be well served to read it carefully.

—Randy M. Ataide, associate professor, Point Loma Nazarene University

After the current meltdown of the entire secular religion of ‘greed is good,’ or, more academically, ‘the invisible hand,’ the world should surely turn with a truly receptive attitude to this Ellul classic, Money and Power.

—Rustum Roy, emeritus professor of science, technology, and society, Pennsylvania State University

Product Details

  • Title: Money and Power
  • Author: Jacques Ellul
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 174
  • Christian Group: Reformed
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Finance

About Jacques Ellul

Jacques Ellul (1912–1994), a French sociologist and lay theologian, was professor emeritus of law and of the history and sociology of institutions at the University of Bordeaux. He wrote more than 40 books, including The Technological Society, The Humiliation of the Word, and Technological Bluff.

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