I am letting Ellul do the work around here much lately. I know it might look a bit lazy, but hey, all this blog is about is simply what is inspiring and challenging me at this moment...some of my own pondering and some thinking being done by others. I share it here with this thought in mind: if sharing it openly is a help to someone else...all the better. So it's really just an act of making my confession in public. So here is something I read tonight from Ellul's book, Perspectives on Our Age.
"We need a transcendence. When I say this, I am not being apologetic, I am not seeking to defend Christianity: that doesn't matter to me in the least. Nor does this need to prove the existence of God. I simply mean to say that only one of two things is possible.
One possibility is that technique becomes our destiny, a kind of growing fate that grows and takes over all human realities. No culture will escape as we have seen in the Third World. And parenthetically, when I said technique could trigger crisis, I meant that there are determinisms during crisis just as there are determinisms during a time of equilibrium. Thus, the first possibility is that technique can become fate in the old and religious sense of the term by introducing an absolute determinism into society and our world.
The other possibility is that something exists that technique cannot assimilate, something it will not be able to eliminate. But this can only be something transcendent, something that is absolutely not included in our world."