Callings: Twenty Centuries of Christian Wisdom on Vocation

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William C. Placher
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 26.07.2005 г. - 452 страници

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 believed that God has plans for them.

This unprecedented anthology gathers select passages on work and vocation from the greatest writers in Christian history. William Placher has written insightful introductions to accompany the selections — an introduction to each of the four main historical sections and a brief introduction to each reading. While the vocational questions faced by Christians have changed through the centuries, this book demonstrates how the distilled wisdom of these saints, preachers, theologians, and teachers remains relevant to Christians today.

This rich resource is to be followed by a companion volume, edited by Mark R. Schwehn and Dorothy C. Bass, featuring texts drawn mainly from fiction, memoir, poetry, and other forms of literature.

A study guide is available from Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation (PTEV) on their website.

 

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Dialogue with Trypho
5
The Martyrdom of Perpetua
9
Who Is the Rich Man That Shall Be Saved?
17
Apology
21
The Life of Antony
29
The Life of Macrina
35
The Lausiac History
43
Sayings of the Desert Fathers
50
A Treatise of the Vocations
232
The Temple or The Country Parson
243
The Collar
247
Directions about Our Labor and Callings
248
Directions about Our Labor and Callings
249
The Pilgrims Progress
256
Journal
264
A Declaration from the Poor Oppressed People of England
270

Confessions
53
Vocations in the Middle Ages 5001500
75
Institutes
85
Life of St Martin
93
The Rule of St Benedict
98
Letters
102
Chronicle of the Crusade of St Louis
110
The Life of St Francis
113
The Flowing Light of the Godhead
120
Summa Theologiae
124
The Treasure of the City of Ladies
146
The Mission of Joan of Arc
160
The Imitation of Christ
166
Vocations after the Reformation 15001800
173
An Open Letter to the Christian Nobility of the German Nation Concerning the Reform of the Christian Estate
181
The Gospel for the Early Christmas Service
183
Trade and Usury
185
Whether Soldiers Too Can Be Saved
187
A Sermon on Keeping Children in School
190
Cherished Instructions on Sin Excommunication and the Community of Goods
197
The Spiritual Exercises
209
The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila by Herself
214
Reply to Sor Philothea
224
A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life
273
Personal Narrative
280
Journal
286
Sermon 28 Sermon on the Mount8
289
Sermon 51 The Good Steward
292
Christian Callings in a PostChristian World i8ooPresent
295
Fear and Trembling
303
Divine Calls
313
The Brothers Kammazov
319
Every Mans Life a Plan of God
323
Rerum Novarum
329
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
334
Christianity and the Social Crisis
337
What Shall I Do with My Life?
341
The Cost of Discipleship
345
Relections on the Right Use of School Studies with a View to the Love of God
356
Vocation in Work
361
Selected Writings
369
No Man Is an Island
377
Church Dogmatics
385
Index
401
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William C. Placher was the Charles D. and Elizabeth S. LaFollette Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, and the author or editor of eleven books. He passed away in November of 2008.

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