Christendom is an effort of the human race to go back to walking on all fours, to get rid of Christianity, claiming that it is Christianity perfected.
The Christianity of Christendom. . . takes away from Christianity the offense, the paradox, etc., and instead of that introduces probability, the plainly comprehensible. That is, it transforms Christianity into something entirely different from what it is in the New Testament, yea, into exactly the opposite; and this is the Christianity of Christendom, of us men.
In the Christianity of Christendom the Cross has become something like the child's hobby-horse and trumpet.
This is the opening quote for The Subversion of Christianity by Jaques Ellul. And people thought I was controversial. Well what do you all think?