A friend told me that reading Ellul's writings was like slogging through wet cement, but for the one who does it, he will find many diamonds. I'm finding this to be very true......very thought provoking and challenging to how I have lived within the matrix.
"A given system may, from the standpoint of its philosophy or intentions, seem to conform to Christian ideas.
But we should already be on guard because there are not many ideas in Christianity: faith and knowledge are based on real events and situations that are closely related to man; they have nothing to do with ideas, principles, and so forth."
"The texts are therefore never a "solution." To the contrary,
they get us started on a journey, and the only answer we can hope to find is the one we ourselves give by our lives as we proceed on that journey.
This absence of systematic conclusions destroys every attempt to base an ideological or ethical system on Scripture. We must resign ourselves to this."
This is taken from Money and Power