The Ellul Forum 2018-07-09T00:00:00-05:00 Ellul Forum Editor Open Journal Systems <p>Welcome to the <em>Ellul Forum</em>, a publication of the <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">International Jacques Ellul Society</a>.</p> <p>The <em>Forum</em> not a publication of Wheaton College, and Wheaton College is not responsible for its content.</p> Biblical Positions on Medicine 2017-04-21T22:19:40-05:00 Jacques Ellul No abstract available. 2017-04-21T22:19:40-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Positions bibliques sur la médecine 2017-04-21T22:19:40-05:00 Jacques Ellul No abstract available. 2017-04-21T22:19:40-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Commentary 2017-04-21T22:19:40-05:00 Raymond Downing No abstract available. 2017-04-21T22:19:40-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## "Positions bibliques sur la médecine" : Mise en perspective théologique 2017-04-21T22:19:40-05:00 Frédéric Rognon No abstract available. 2017-04-21T22:19:40-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## "Biblical Positions on Medicine" in Theological Perspective 2017-04-21T22:19:40-05:00 Frédéric Rognon Abstract not available. 2017-04-21T22:19:40-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Commentary 2017-04-21T22:19:40-05:00 Richard Stivers No abstract available. 2017-04-21T22:19:40-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sin as Addiction in Our "Brave New World" 2017-04-21T22:19:40-05:00 Richard Stivers No abstract available. 2017-04-21T22:19:40-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## André Vitalis, The Uncertain Digital Revolution 2017-04-21T22:19:40-05:00 Jeff Shaw Abstract not available. 2017-04-21T22:19:40-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Editorial 2017-04-21T22:19:39-05:00 Jeff Shaw 2017-04-21T22:19:39-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Robb Davis Interview 2016-10-27T13:10:25-05:00 Mark Baker Mark Baker interviews Robb Davis 2016-10-27T13:10:25-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Liberalism and the State 2016-10-27T13:10:25-05:00 Christian Roy <p class="Default"><span lang="EN-CA">In English translation (1964), Jacques Ellul’s <em>The Technological Society </em>framed the definition of its topic in North America and elsewhere, expressing a key insight that remained marginal in France, where it first arose in the 1930s in a Southwestern faction of the Personalist movement led by Ellul’s lesser-known mentor Bernard Charbonneau, pioneer of the Green movement. Ellul’s analysis was taken up by political philosopher George Parkin Grant, buttressing his defense of Canadian nationhood against US hegemony as the vortex of technology’s drive toward a “universal homogeneous State”(Kojève/Strauss). Grant was first noticed in France in a review of his <em>Technology and Empire </em>(1969) by Daniel Cérézuelle, founder of the Société pour la Philosophie de la Technique as a second-generation member of the Bordeaux School. Beyond such cross-fertilization, some differences with Grant remain about the role of the State, despite related understandings of liberalism as the matrix and chief vector of technology. </span></p> 2016-10-27T13:10:25-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Illusions of Freedom book review 2016-10-27T13:10:25-05:00 Jacob VanVleet Jacob Van Vleet reviews Illusions of Freedom by Jeff Shaw 2016-10-27T13:10:25-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Empire of Non-Sense book review 2016-10-27T13:10:25-05:00 Zachary Lloyd Zachary Lloyd reviews David Lovekin's translation of Ellul's Empire of Non-Sense 2016-10-27T13:10:25-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Presence in the Modern World 2016-05-18T22:44:36-05:00 Lisa Richmond 2016-05-18T22:44:36-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Jacques Ellul on Violence, Resistance, and War 2016-11-03T18:06:49-05:00 Jeff Shaw <span>The last few decades seem to have ushered in new levels of violence,</span><br /><span>challenging the notion that our globalized, interconnected world offers</span><br /><span>increased prospects for cooperation and peace. Many philosophers and</span><br /><span>theologians have offered various reasons for why this might be so, but none</span><br /><span>has come so close as the French philosopher Jacques Ellul to providing a</span><br /><span>comprehensive explanation for many of the pitfalls inherent in increasing</span><br /><span>levels of technological advance. The chapters in this book explore the</span><br /><span>phenomena of violence, terrorism, and war through the lens of Ellul’s</span><br /><span>thought. Readers unfamiliar with Ellul will find as much to consider in</span><br /><span>these chapters as those who have studied Ellul extensively, and for both the</span><br /><span>novice and the expert, this book offers an opportunity to both evaluate and</span><br /><span>reevaluate Ellul’s extensive thought on matters of importance to contemporary</span><br /><span>society.</span> 2016-05-18T22:32:16-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## On Terrorism, Violence and War: Looking Back at 9/11 and its Aftermath 2016-05-18T22:41:30-05:00 Patrick Chastenet At a time when Salafist attacks in Europe and Africa are being perpetrated in the name of the Prophet, when the beheading of American journalists is put online by Jihadists at war with the West, when social networks and Fox News have no compunction about showing the unbearable images of the death throes of a Jordanian pilot being burned alive in front of a cheering crowd –thereby spreading ISIS propaganda, we ought to keep in mind that if its forms have changed somewhat over the last fifteen years, terrorist violence is still intent on striking the imagination as much as on destroying bodies. 2016-05-18T02:25:43-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Security, Technology and Global Politics: Thinking With Virilio 2016-05-18T22:41:30-05:00 Mark Lacy <p><strong>''</strong><strong>This is not a book for the faint of heart or dull of brain. Paul Virilio, the most corrosive critic of the 20th Century, has become by dint of intellect, clarity of vision, and relentless output, the most prophetic of the 21st. Mark Lacy skirts the polemics and poetics of Virilio to discover a piercing analysis of the propaganda of progress and administration of fear that define our times. Virilio has found in Lacy an interpreter worthy of his immense oeuvre: not an amanuensis but a gimlet-eyed theorist who cuts to the core of a truly revelatory critique of modernity.''</strong><em> </em></p><p><em>-- James Der Derian, University of Sydney, Australia</em></p><p> </p><p> </p> 2016-05-18T02:25:43-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Dialectical Theology and Jacques Ellul: An Introductory Exposition 2016-05-18T22:41:30-05:00 Jacob Van Vleet <p><span>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.</span></p><p><span>Review by Paul Tyson</span></p> 2016-05-18T02:25:43-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## On the Symbol in the Technical Environment: Some Reflections 2016-05-18T22:41:30-05:00 David Lovekin <p><span>If an environment is the result of a mediation with the symbol as one result, what would it mean for an environment to lose its symbolic capacity? How does this happen in a technological society in danger of losing its societal status, its place as an environment? The presence of the “other” is an issue. The symbol requires the presence of the “other.” In the technological society the presence of a “wholly other” an even greater problem. In a technological society I contend that the “concept” as a technical phenomenon takes the place of the symbol. The computer and the internet are but two examples, but the cliché is an even greater threat in its presence of absence.</span></p> 2016-05-18T02:25:42-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Will the Gospel Survive? Proclamation and Faith in the Technical Milieu 2016-05-18T22:41:30-05:00 G. P. Wagenfuhr <p>Ellul's concept of technique grows throughout his writing, to the point that he begins to see technique as the milieu in which modern people live. Because experience is mediated through technique, technique gives content to symbol and it alters language in all its aspects: its form, its content, and its purpose. If God's revelation is in his Word and language itself is fundamentally altered, can the gospel survive translation into the technical milieu? Is the gospel subverted by the very means used to communicate it? This paper briefly examines the alteration of language in the technical milieu and the social milieu in which the Word of God was revealed in Scripture. It is then argued that the technical milieu subverts communication of the gospel, but... no more than the social milieu in which it was delivered.</p> 2016-05-18T02:25:42-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##