The Political Illusion by Jacques Ellul, translated from the French by. Konrad Kellen. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, rxxi, , x pp. $ Walter Kaufman once. In the tradition of Eric Hoffer and Colin Wilson, the author presents a French variant of the honest skeptic who tends to dismiss everyman’s cant in favor of his . Jacques Ellul, historian, theologian, and sociologist, is one of the foremost and widely known contemporary critics of modern technological society. Born in.

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Today on BreakPoint, a classic commentary by Chuck Colson on government and politics. Back in on BreakPoint, Chuck Colson talked about a concept that would become a ploitical of his Christian worldview teaching on government and politics.

In the midst of this extraordinary presidential race, we thought it was time to hear Chuck on this topic again.

And be sure to tune in next week, as John Stonestreet will share with us his thoughts on the election. Congress recently shot down a constitutional amendment that would have required the federal government to balance its budget. Politicians have been promising to fix the deficit for years. In both presidential candidates made promises to balance the books.


But today the debt is bigger than ever, and growing. We instinctively turn to government to poltical our social problems. The message is obvious: Government is the solution to every social need.

They wanted richer, fuller lives.

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They wanted the government to help make their lives rich and full. This goes far beyond the traditional philosophy of limited government, in which the state is given only certain specified tasks, such as operating a police force and regulating traffic.

But like all idols, the state inevitably disappoints those who worship at its shrine. Biblically speaking, government is simply one of the many social structures ordained by God, each with a specific task to do. The job of the state is to promote justice and restrain evil.


The hope that it can do more than that—that it can make people happy or fulfilled—is doomed to failure and disappointment. The kingdoms of this world rise and fall, but the Kingdom of God will rule in human hearts for eternity. Commenters are welcome to argue all politicql of view, but they are asked to do it civilly and respectfully. Comments that call names, insult other people or groups, use profanity or obscenity, repeat the same points over and over, or make personal remarks about other commenters will be deleted.


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