Jacques Ellul, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Jacques Ellul

French sociologist, technology critic, and Christian anarchist

Date of Birth: 06-Jan-1912

Place of Birth: Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

Date of Death: 19-May-1994

Profession: writer, theologian, university teacher, sociologist, philosopher, French Resistance fighter

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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About Jacques Ellul

  • Jacques Ellul (; French: [?lyl]; January 6, 1912 – May 19, 1994) was a French philosopher, sociologist, lay theologian, and professor who was a noted Christian anarchist.
  • Ellul was a longtime Professor of History and the Sociology of Institutions on the Faculty of Law and Economic Sciences at the University of Bordeaux.
  • A prolific writer, he authored 58 books and more than a thousand articles over his lifetime, many of which discussed propaganda, the impact of technology on society, and the interaction between religion and politics.
  • The dominant theme of his work proved to be the threat to human freedom and religion created by modern technology.
  • Among his most influential books are The Technological Society and Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes. Considered by many a philosopher, Ellul was by training a sociologist who approached the question of technology and human action from a dialectical viewpoint.
  • His constant concern was the emergence of a technological tyranny over humanity.
  • As a philosopher and theologian, he further explored the religiosity of the technological society.
  • In 2000 the International Jacques Ellul Society was founded by a group of former Ellul students.
  • The society, which includes scholars from a variety of disciplines, is devoted to continuing Ellul's legacy and discussing the contemporary relevance and implications of his work.

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