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Callings: Twenty Centuries of Christian Wisdom on Vocation
"What am I going to do with my life?" is a question that young people commonly face, while many not-so-young people continue to wonder about finding direction and purpose in their lives. Whether such purpose has to do with what job to take, whether to get married, or how to incorporate religious faith into the texture of their lives, Christians down the centuries have beli ...more
Paperback, 452 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
(first published June 30th 2005)
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Summary: Placher creates an anthology of the last two thousand years of theologians who have written on the topic of vocation. His selections include the early church (e.g Ignatius of Antioch, Athenasius), the middle ages (Bonaventure, Aquinas), the Post- Reformation (Luther, Calvin, Loyola, Edwards), and Moderns (Kierkegaard, Bonhoeffer, Barth). Some of the selections that Placher choose did not directly address calling as ones particular career or work vocations, but spiritual vocations. Thus, ...more
This book was not what I was led to believe by the blurb! It was in fact much better. A historical chain of writings that show how the perspective on 'vocation' has changed over time. I found it very interesting and although it was dense, the short pieces were collated in such a manner that they were full of variety and interest. Not to be read quickly, but over time, interspersed with life.
This is an excellent resource for anyone thinking about their calling in life, or about what callings have meant through, as the title says, twenty centuries of Christian wisdom.
I was impressed by the selections in the book; the names will be familiar to theologians, and represent a pretty strong sampling of the "traditional" canon of western theologians. It isn't the most diverse group, though they're good about including female voices for every time period they consider. The snippets made me w ...more