Work in the Spirit 11

imgresIn Work in the Spirit, Miroslav Volf characterizes Luther as having believed that “all Christians (not only monks) have a vocation,” and “every type of work performed by Christians (not only religious activity) can be a vocation.”  Consequently, “Luther’s notion of vocation ascribed much greater value to work than was previously the case.”  In addition, “Luther’s notion of vocation overcame the medieval hierarchy between vita activa and vita contemplativa” for “every vocation rests on God’s commission, [and thus] every vocation is fundamentally of the same value before God.”

These insights should be preserved, Volf says, but “Luther’s notion of vocation has serious limitations, both in terms of its applicability to modern work, and in its theological persuasiveness.”

Onto the limitations, then!

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