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On Freedom, Love, and Power


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Preface to the Expanded Edition Introduction PART ONE: Freedom From Morality and Religion (Genesis 1-3) * Introductory Remarks to Genesis 1-3 * The First Creation Account * The Second Creation Account * The Break between God and Humanity * The Consequences of the Break between God and Humanity PART TWO: The Love That Seeks Us Out * Introduction * Elihu (Chapters 32-37) * God's Appearance (Chapters 38-39) * The Two Beasts (Chapters 40-41) * Job's Conversion (Chapter 42) * Reconciliation (Chater 42) PART THREE: The Culmination of Judaism: The Kingdom of Love * Introduction * The First Three Parables (Matthew 13:1-43) * The Second Set of Parables (Matthew 13:44-50) * The Parable of Debtors (Matthew 18:23-35) * The Parable of Labourers' Wages (Matthew 20:1-26) * The Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14) * The Parables of the Virgins and the Talents (Matthew 25:1-30) * The Remaining References to the Kingdom of Heaven PART FOUR: It Was All There in the Beginning * Love within the Beginning Epilogue: History and Reconciliation

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'On Freedom, Love, and Power is easily the most important and exciting work in Christian interpretation that I have read in years.' -- Richard Stivers, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Illinois State University 'On Freedom, Love, and Power is a landmark achievement. It showcases Jacques Ellul's elegant and insightful thinking on the Bible, religion, and efficiency. A clear and powerful collaboration between Ellul and Willem H. Vanderburg, two thinkers who are focused on directing human beings toward health and life, it is a work I cannot recommend too highly.' -- Tim Blackmore, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario 'People who are weary of organized religion will find On Freedom, Love, and Power a source of clarity and inspiration. Faithful church-goers will also rejoice as it cuts through to depths of understanding that are new and refreshing.' -- Rev. Dr. Bob Giuliano, Professor Emeritus, Huron University College

About the Author

Willem H. Vanderburg is the founding director of the Centre for Technology and Social Development and is now Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto.


'Ellul's exegetical insights are striking ... The book is thoroughly thought-provoking and original.' -- Spencer Boersma Toronto Journal of Theology 'Without hesitation or qualification, I recommend this book ... Vanderburg has truly offered a service to Ellul readers and to all of us.' -- Ken Badley Christian Scholar's Review

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