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Vocation: Discerning Our Callings in Life
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.
Published December 29th 2003 by Eerdmans
(first published December 1st 2003)
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Jan 30, 2017 Sarah rated it liked it
This is a serviceable introduction to the classical Protestant (Lutheran and Reformed) conception of vocation and an attempt to apply it in a late modern Western context. Readers already familiar with the theology can likely skip to chapter 5, "Vocation, Decisions, and the Moral Life," for Schuurman's keenest observations. As it turns out, these were ably summed up in a sermon by our interim pastor a year and a half ago. Basically, an "ascriptivist" position, focused on discovering one's calling ...more
What this book is about and what it is not about. In the words of the author, "In its classical Protestant form, the doctrine of vocation is not concerned with how to make choices between this and that career path, though it does have deep concerns that may have implications for such choices. But it is more about how to relate Christian faith to the totality of one's life than it is about "vocational" guidance counseling" (xi)
This is a very well written and articulate summary and defense of a Protestant view of vocation. It helps introduce the terminology used in both secular and religious field for discovering and finding one niche in life. Sadly, nothing new has been written on "calling" since the Reformation and I believe it is a much needed discussion for Christians and nonbelievers alike for the modern era.
Most of what he had to say about the doctrine of vocation was sound, biblical, and succinct. I would have given it more stars if he didn't have a few peculiar ideas about discerning God's will/call and some sympathy for the idea that God's call may sometimes contradict His command...