Jaques Ellul became a national figure whose name and views are widely cited. This article wants to give a summary of the multiple facets of politics as viewed by Ellul. The author touches on his relevant definitions, his views on the state and politics, his treatment of politics in the Bible and the church, and his stance concerning Marxism and anarchism.
The concern of Chapter 1 is the spread of John Calvin’s theology in the world. It provides a survey of Calvin’s and his successors’ influence on the development of modern culture.
What should the relationship between the church and politics look like? This question is rooted in a bigger struggle; namely, the struggle of the church to relate to society in general. Sometimes politics is used by church members to try influence society. The author looks at church history to better understand how the church should relate to society. He focusses his discussion on freedom of religion and the difficulty in establishing a moral consensus.