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In October 2018, Christianity Today published a cover story exposing a gap in the conversation about faith and work: the working class. According to its author, Jeff Haanen—founder of the Denver Institute for Faith & Work—Christian discussions about vocation often preach the cultural mantra of “do what you love” and ignore the reality that most people work out of necessity. This oversight implies the church, even God, values manual or service labor less than white-collar or creative work.
Additionally, leaders at the 2018 Faith at Work Summit in Chicago stressed the importance for pastors to understand how technological advancements will transform the landscape of American labor in the coming decade. Artificial intelligence (AI) isn’t just replacing truck drivers; it’s coming for the medical and legal fields too. Moreover, the disruption and lack of job security will only increase “gig economy” jobs, which will compose nearly 40 percent of the U.S. labor force by next year. The increase of these jobs, with nonstandard work schedules and inconsistent wages, is hardly reflected in the literature on a theology of work.
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When I learned Dan Doriani was releasing Work: Its Purpose, Dignity, and Transformation as the culmination of 20 years of reflection and research, I wondered how he could account for these rapid changes in the economy. Yet Doriani—professor of biblical and systematic theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri—confronts many of these new challenges while offering 12 foundational principles about good work (17–20). He accounts for the reality of changing jobs and ascribes dignity to specific examples of blue-collar work and unpaid labor, like construction, retail, transportation, and raising children.
P&R Publishing (2019). 248 pp. $15.99.
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The product of 20 years of thought, Work: Its Purpose, Dignity, and Transformation ennobles and motivates men and women in their labors. Providing historical background and inspiring stories...
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