Calling and Vocation

From Luther to the Modern World of Work

For the Social Sciences Institute of the Evangelical Church in Germany edited by Gunther Schendel


Interest in the concept of vocation is booming. Guidebooks promise to tell us how to find the »perfect« job. Work is becoming suffused with spiritual significance. Not just a source of meaning in one’s life and a place of self-discovery and self-realisation, it now also offers us a chance to make the world a better place and to help fulfil God’s Plan.

What lies behind the new-found interest in vocation? How does it relate to Martin Luther’s understanding of the role of work in our lives? How does the rediscovery of vocation fit into the contemporary world of work in western societies? These are some of the issues addressed by the contributions to this volume. It focuses on the historical influence of Luther’s concept of work and vocation in Germany and on today’s »Workplace Spirituality« movement, which is particularly widespread in the USA. The volume concludes ...

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