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"No longer are we surrounded by fields, woods, and rivers, but by signs, signals, billboards, screens, labels, and trademarks: this is our universe."
― Jacques Ellul

OUR UNIVERSE
No longer are we surrounded by fields, woods, and rivers...

“By thinking globally I can analyze all phenomena, but when it comes to acting, it can only be local...if it is to be honest, realistic, and authentic.”
― Jacques Ellul

ACTING LOCALLY
By thinking globally I can analyze all phenomena, but when it comes to...

“The elimination of traditional religions by modern culture is a process that creates new religions.”
― Jacques Ellul

NEW RELIGIONS
The elimination of traditional religions by modern culture is...

“When we become conscious of that which determines our life we attain the highest degree of freedom.”
― Jacques Ellul

THE HIGHEST FREEDOM
When we become conscious of that which determines our life...

“Propaganda is called upon to solve problems created by technology, to play on maladjustments, and to integrate the individual into a technological world.”
― Jacques Ellul

PROPAGANDA’S END
Propaganda is called upon to solve problems created by technology...

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IJES News & Events

Ellul Society Conference 2021 in Strasbourg, France (June 30 - July 2) is now postponed and likely reset for January 2022.  Remote online participation also planned.

In partnership with the Association Internationale Jacques Ellul, the IJES will be helping to sponsor its first European conference at the University of Strasbourg on June 30 - July 2 (Wednesday through Friday). This blended conference in French and English will include online platforms for the presentation of papers. The conference theme will also include presentations on Bernard Charbonneau.

"Ellul and Charbonneau on Ethics in a Age of Ecological Challenge"

The Ellul Forum

The Society’s journal, the Ellul Forum, is now a twice-yearly printed publication. Issues are either mailed to IJES members or sent as PDF files as requested. Newest issues of the Forum will continue to be made freely available online after a delay of six months.

The aim of the Forum is to promote awareness and understanding of Ellul’s life and work and encourage a community of dialogue on these subjects. The Forum publishes work by and about Jacques Ellul and about themes relevant to his life and thought, from historical, contemporary, or creative perspectives. Content is published in English and French.

Introducing Ellul

Short Biography of Ellul

What is Technique?

Ellul’s Social Commitments

Theme: Apocalypse and Utopia

New Publications

Jake's book

A New Reading of Jacques Ellul

Presence and Communication in the Postmodern World  by Jacob Marques Rollison (Lexington Books, 2020)

“This book is the fruit of a decade of ongoing dialogue with Ellul's texts. The longer I read his works, the more I was convinced that his perspective offered a careful and hopeful response to questions which the 'postmodern' condition has raised for communication, truth, and faith.”

-- author, Jacob Marques Rollison

Bernard Charbonneau

Philosopher, Social Critic, Environmentalist

“He was one of the rare geniuses of our times….He taught me how to see the reality of society, instead of looking only into my books.”
-- Jacques Ellul

Video and Multimedia Resources

The Hidden Cost of Technological Progress

Current Drift

Engaging Today’s Issues With Ellul

A new blog for engaging contemporary issues that Ellul himself would have engaged. Read more.

Wanted: guest authors who can write short pieces
Wanted: responders who can write comments
Wanted: readers who can resist the drift!

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