Work in the Spirit: Toward a Theology of Work

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Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 1991 - Religion - 252 pages
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Since the rise of modern industrial society, work has come to pervade and rule the lives of men and women. Although there have been many popular books on the Christian understanding of work, this is the first scholarly effort to articulate a developed Protestant theology. Volf interprets work from a new perspective--in terms of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit--and explores the nature of work in both capitalist and socialist societies. Within these macroeconomic frameworks, he considers a variety of work, including industrial, agricultural, medical, political, and artistic. Volf rejects the traditional protestant understanding of work as vocation, and argues for a doctrine of work as cooperation with God.

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Review: Work in the Spirit: Toward a Theology of Work

User Review  - Curtis - Goodreads

The 'towards' in the title should have tipped me off to the primary focus of this work. Volf here sets the parameters and starting points for a theology of work from a pneumatological perspective ... Read full review

Review: Work in the Spirit: Toward a Theology of Work

User Review  - Dion Forster - Goodreads

Another exceptionally thorough examination of the relationship between faith and work. I was encouraged, challenged, and inspiring by this book. I also quoted this one extensively in my Winter School lecture on faith at work at the University of Stellenbosch. Read full review


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Miroslav Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and the founding director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture. His books include "Exclusion & Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation", winner of the 2002 Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

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