Dialectical Theology and Jacques Ellul: An Introductory Exposition

  • Jacob Van Vleet Diablo Valley College


In Dialectical Theology and Jacques Ellul, Jacob E. Van Vleet argues that the work of Jacques Ellul is frequently—and deleteriously—misread on account of inattention to the theological underpinning that governs Ellul’s thought. In a penetrating analysis, the first of its kind, Van Vleet provides a substantive account of the theological structure of Ellul’s work and demonstrates the determinative role that theology, especially dialectical theology, plays in a proper understanding of Ellul.

Review by Paul Tyson

Author Biography

Jacob Van Vleet, Diablo Valley College
Jacob E. Van Vleet is lecturer in humanities and philosophy at Diablo Valley College, in Pleasant Hill, California. He earned a Ph.D. in philosophy and religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and holds graduate degrees in philosophy and theology from the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology and the Graduate Theological Union at UC Berkeley. He is also the author of Informal Logical Fallacies: A Brief Guide (2010) and of Jacques Ellul: Essential Spiritual Writings (Modern Spiritual Masters) published by ORBIS (2016).