Vocation: Discerning Our Callings in Life

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2004 - Religion - 190 pages
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The Protestant doctrine of vocation has had a profound influence on American culture, but in recent years central tenets of this doctrine have come under assault. Vocation: Discerning Our Callings in Life explores current responses to the classic view of vocation and offers a revised statement and application of this doctrine for contemporary North American Christians.

According to Douglas Schuurman, many Christians today find it both strange and difficult to interpret their social, economic, political, and cultural lives as responses to God's calling. To renew this biblical perspective, Schuurman argues, Christians must recover the language, meaning, and reality of life as vocation, and his book helps do just that. Developed in dialogue with audiences as diverse as college students, industrial workers, business leaders, church leaders, and professional theologians and ethicists, the book examines the theological and ethical dimensions of vocation as these have been understood historically and in relation to our modern social setting.
 

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Contents

Vocation under Assault Can It Be Salvaged?
1
The Bible on Vocation
17
Theology for Vocation Religious Affections and Vocation
48
Abuses and Proper Uses of Vocation
76
Vocation Decisions and the Moral Life I
117
Vocation Decisions and the Moral Life II
151
Vocation in the Wider World
173
Bibliography
182
Index
189
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Page 2 - By reason of their special vocation it belongs to the laity to seek the kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and directing them according to God's will.

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Professor of religion at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota. Among his other books is Creation, Eschaton, and Ethics.

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