Jacques Ellul – Introductory Reading Guide

May 22, 2015


Jacques Ellul

This week marked the anniversary of the death of Jacques Ellul….

Jacques Ellul was one of the keenest and most provocative Christian thinkers of the 20th century.

In remembrance of him, we offer this introductory reading guide, which highlights his most important books and suggests an order in which to read them.



5) The Meaning of the City

Even over 40 years after its release, this book is still the rule by which all books on urban theology are measured. Ellul presents what he finds in the Bible — a sophisticated, coherent theology of the city fully applicable to today’s urbanized society. He believes that the city symbolizes the supreme work of man — and, as such, represents man’s ultimate rejection of God. Therefore it is the city, where lies man’s rebellious heart, that must be reformed. The author stresses the fact that the Bible does not find man’s fulfillment in a return to an idyllic Eden, but points rather to a life of communion with the Savior in the city transfigured.

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IMAGE CREDIT: From the Cover of Understanding Jacques Ellul