Aldous Huxley has said that Jacques Ellul “made the case” he had tried to make in Brave New World.

Os Guinness believes Ellul’s is the “critical voice of the seventies.”

CHRISTIANITY TODAY presents this interview by David Gill, recognizing that Ellul does not always square with CT’s theological position. It is important, however, for thoughtful men and women to be introduced to such an influential Christian.

We especially hope that this study of Ellul will stimulate fresh thought on how, in this decade, we can deal with godliness, community, witness, and daily work.

CT reorganized and extensively edited the interview transcripts for publication.

Backpacker and sailor in his spare time, Jacques Ellul is a brother in Christ who enjoys struggling against mountain and sea.

But his real foe has for years been the technological society. A little like Samson, he has tried to pull down the pillars of a society in the grip of what he calls “Technique,” a “raving rationalism” that centers almost religiously in technology. The intrusive gods of science, efficiency, bureaucracy, artificiality, rationalism, and secularism provoke him to combat.

While criticizing these in The Technological Society and other works, his larger purpose has been to call us away from such petty gods to a relationship with the God who sets us free in Christ.

His 40 volumes have been either history and sociology, or theology and ethics. In them he has been a prophetic voice not only to lawyers (he has been a professor of law at the University of Bordeaux), but to sociologists, political scientists, economists, and historians; and not only to ecumenical Protestants but to evangelicals, Catholics, and non-Christians.

His work rattles the windows of our comfortable churches, ...

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