La Parole humiliée
Pourquoi fut ainsi «capturée» la parole? Pourquoi – de tout temps – le signe et l'image aujourd'hui triomphants s'opposèrent-ils au verbe qu'il s'agit de reconquérir? Comment réconcilier la parole et la vie, l'homme moderne et son avenir? Jacques Ellul nous donne ici un de ses textes les plus achevés et les plus puissants. En lui se rejoignent les deux grands axes, politique et religieux, d'une œuvre imposante, patiemment bâtie à l'écart des modes et des chapelles mais avec laquelle il faut compter. On verra que La Parole humiliée n'est pas seulement un réquisitoire féroce contre les mensonges du siècle ; c'est d'abord un grand livre d'espérance.
- La petite vermillon (n° 391)
- Paru le 20/02/2014
- Genres : Essais et documents - La Petite Vermillon
- 432 pages - 108 x 178 mm
- EAN : 9782710371052
- ISBN : 9782710371052
The Humiliation of the World
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In La Parole humiliée, Jacques Ellul acknowledges the weakening of thought and the degradation of speech as a result of the widespread idolatry of technique. It stigmatizes the logorrhea of empty phrases that inundate our time and bears witness to the triumph of the image over speech, of reality upon truth.
Thirty years after his internationally renowned first work on the technological society, Jacques Ellul provides us with one of his most complete and powerful texts where the two pillars of his work, Religion and Politics come together.
La Parole humiliée is not only a fierce indictment of the lies of the century. This is also a great book of hope.
After a revelation that led him to Christianity and an intensive reading of Marx, Jacques Ellul studied law. He then devoted himself to reflection on the evolution of modern society. He noted the disappearance of rural life and the mechanization of man’s environment. He foresaw the magnitude of this ecological and social “great mutation”.
Considering that technique is the determining factor of modern society, he leads a critique of what he calls “technological tyranny”. He further analyses that technique self-increases, imposing its values of efficiency and technical progress, while denying man’s needs and culture as well as the nature.
Sociology is not his only field. His work is composed of theologian and historian output. Some would also say that he is a philosopher, although he did not define himself as such.
As a militant anarchist whose ideas are close to situationism, but also as a subtle commentator of Marxist thought and excesses, he was instrumental in the establishment of political ecology and reflections on Christian anarchism. He also wrote many theological works on the Gospel’s subversive and liberating aspects and on the “perversion” which the Christian revelation has suffered from. Some of his other works are thoughts on ethics and on hope.
Jacques Ellul can be considered as one of the fathers of the idea of rational economic decay and voluntary simplicity.
“Jacques Ellul, a true thinker” Royaliste
“A kind of clairvoyant who had already predict everything” Réforme
“His writings remained fiery, the prophet’s voice still resonates” La Croix