- List of Contributors
- Creation and Ethics
- Redemption and Ethics
- Eschatology and Ethics
- Ecclesiology and Ethics
- Divine Grace and Ethics
- Divine Commands
- Tradition in the Church
- Reason and Natural Law
- Love: A Kinship of Affliction and Redemption
- Christians and Government
- Christians and Family
- Christians and Economics
- Christians and Culture
- Christians and the Church
- Ernst Troeltsch's <i>The Social Teaching of the Christian Churches</i>
- Anders Nygren's <i>Agape and Eros</i>
- Kenneth Kirk's <i>The Vision of God</i>
- H. Richard Niebuhr's <i>Christ and Culture</i>
- Reinhold Niebuhr's <i>The Nature and Destiny of Man</i>
- John Mahoney's <i>The Making of Moral Theology</i>
- Catholic Social Teaching
- Index of Names
- Index of Scriptural References
Abstract and Keywords
This article focuses on the doctrine of vocation. It begins with a brief discussion of the ways in which the terms for ‘vocation’ are used in the creation stories at the beginning of the Bible. It then traces four key developments that revise one of the older, now almost classical, treatments of vocation: the medieval formation of the clerical ideal; the Reformation understanding of the vocation of the laity, the Puritan emphasis on social democracy; and the current patterns of leadership in the modern professions.
Max L. Stackhouse is Rimmer and Ruth de Vries Professor of Theology and Public Life Emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary.
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