ing the contrast between Christianitynand the other great monotheistic rehgions,nJudaism and Islam.nEllul, born in 1912, originally enjoyednconsiderable popularity in Protestantnecumenical circles, followingnWorld War II, in which he fought innthe anti-German Resistance. His earlynpopularity resembles that of thenGerman Lutheran theologian DietrichnBonhoeffer, who was executed in 1945nfor plotting against Hitler. Unfortunatelynfor his reputation in ecumenicalncircles, Ellul, unlike Bonhoeffer, survivednthe Nazi terror and went onn—like Solzhenitsyn—to compare itnalmost favorably with the terrors ofnCommunism, going so far as to saynthat the only moral difference betweennCommunism and Nazism lies in thenfact that the Communists won and thenNazis were crushed. If Hitler had won,nEllul claims, our Christian intellectualsnwould engage in “dialogues withnNazism,” and the horrors of the Gulagnrather than those of the Nazi Kazettsn(KZ-Konzentrationslager, concentrationncamps) would be the staple fare ofnour news and entertainment media.nLike Ellul, Solzhenitsyn appears tonhave forfeited his claim to acceptability,nand for similar reasons, for he notnonly continues to excoriate the malignancynof Communism, but also tonderide American political and intellectualnleaders for their lack of courage,nhonesty, and willpower (see EdwardnE. Ericson Jr.’s article, “Solzhenitsynnand Democracy,” in the Novembern1985 Chronicles).nAlthough less famous than the othernthree. Father Bruckberger, born inn1907, has much in common withnthem—not the least the fact that he isnperfecdy willing to stand by unpopularnconvictions even when they cost himnmuch of the celebrity that his achievementnotherwise would merit—and henappears to have made similar mistakes.nAlthough each of the four is deeplyncommitted to the Christian faithn(Springer a Lutheran, Ellul a Calvinist,nSolzhenitsyn Russian Orthodox,narid Bruckberger Roman Catholic),nBruckberger is the only clergymannamong them — and also the onlynmember of the Foreign Legion! Inn1929 Bruckberger entered the Dominicannorder, the order known for progucingnnot only the greatest of allnRoman Catholic scholars, ThomasnAquinas, but also for taking a leadingnrole in the Inquisition. Like each ofnthe others, Bruckberger is difficult tonpigeonhole, as readers may discover bynacquiring his latest book, LenCapitalisme—mais c’est la vie! (Paris:nPlon, 55 Fr). He is certainly not antypical representative of political, theological,nor economic conservatism,nbut he professes a number of thingsnthat should endear him to conservativesnas much as they make him odiousnto leftists.nFor example, Bruckberger professesnan admiration and love for the UnitednStates as well as a deep commitment tonthe historic role of France, even tonFrance’s role as a colonial power innAfrica. 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