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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...

“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...

“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...

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IJES News & Events

2020 Ellul Society Conference set to take place in Strasbourg, France, July 9-11.

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 July 9-11, 2020 (Thursday through Saturday). This blended conference in French and English will put out a call for papers this coming July. Registration will open online this coming August. We are very excited for the theme of this conference to widen its scope by including presentations on Bernard Charbonneau.

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

The Ellul Forum

The Society’s journal, the Ellul Forum, is now a twice-yearly printed publication. Issues are mailed to IJES members. Back issues of the Forum will continue to be made freely available online, after a delay of six months or one year.

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

9781532649066

Political Illusion and Reality: Engaging the Prophetic Insights of Jacques Ellul

Editied by David W. Gill and David Lovekin (2018 Pickwick / Wipf & Stock Publishers)

“This stimulating and varied international collection of essays shows how the insights of Jacques Ellul on technique, politics, propaganda and so much else help us understand what is going on today beneath the headline political turmoil, and how in various contexts those inspired by Ellul are not just thinking in fresh ways, but acting to make a difference.”

—Andrew Goddard, senior research fellow, Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics

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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