Absolute Enemy

“Power according to men, as well as the spirit of power which that brings about, is truly the absolute enemy of God.  God is with those who have little power whether they have chosen this way or whether they are found involuntarily in this situation; and at issue is both material and spiritual power.  Inversely, those who have power, of whatever kind, always turn away from God.”

— Jacques Ellul, Apocalypse:  The Book of Revelation, 138.


“I still love books.  Nothing a computer can do can compare to a book.  You can’t really put a book on the Internet.  Three companies have offered to put books by me on the Net, and I said, ‘If you can make something that has a nice jacket, nice paper with that nice smell, then we’ll talk.’  All the computer can give you is a manuscript.  People don’t want to read manuscripts.  They want to read books.  Books smell good.  They look good.  You can press it to your bosom.  You can carry it in your pocket.”

— Ray Bradbury