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Callings: Twenty Centuries of Christian Wisdom on Vocation (William C Placher (ed)) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2005) 9780802829276
Callings: Twenty Centuries of Christian Wisdom on Vocation (William C Placher (ed)) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2005) 9780802829276
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Title: Callings: Twenty Centuries of Christian Wisdom on Vocation

Author: Placher, William C (ed)

Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 2005

Paperback; ISBN: 9780802829276

Volumes: 1; Pages: 468

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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.CONTENTSAcknowledgmentsPrefaceIntroductionPrologue: Some Biblical Texts on Calling1. Callings to a Christian Life:Vocations in the Early Church, 100-500IntroductionIgnatius of Antioch Letter to the RomansJustin Martyr Dialogue with TryphoThe Martyrdom of PerpetuaClement of Alexandria Who Is the Rich Man That Shall Be Saved?Tertullian ApologyAthanasius The Life of AntonyGregory of Nyssa The Life of MacrinaPalladius The Lausiac HistorySayings of the Desert FathersAugustine Confessions2. Called to Religious Life:Vocations in the Middle Ages, 500-1500IntroductionJohn Cassian InstitutesSulpicius Severus Life of St. MartinBenedict of Nursia The Rule of St. BenedictBernard of Clairvaux LettersJohn de Joinville Chronicle of the Crusade of St. LouisBonaventure The Life of St. FrancisMechthild of Magdeburg The Flowing Light of the GodheadThomas Aquinas Summa TheologiaeChristine de Pisan The Treasure of the City of LadiesThe Mission of Joan of ArcThomas Kempis The Imitation of Christ3. Every Work a Calling:Vocations after the Reformation, 1500-1800IntroductionMartin Luther To the Christian Nobility of the German NationMartin Luther Gospel for the Early Christmas ServiceMartin Luther Trade and UsuryMartin Luther Whether Soldiers, Too, Can Be SavedMartin Luther A Sermon on Keeping Children in SchoolUlrich Stadler Cherished Instructions on Sin, Excommunication, and the Community of GoodsJohn Calvin Institutes of the Christian ReligionIgnatius Loyola The Spiritual ExercisesTeresa of Avila The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila by HerselfSor Juana Ins de la Cruz Reply to Sor PhilotheaWilliam Perkins A Treatise of the VocationsGeorge Herbert The Temple, or The Country ParsonGeorge Herbert The CollarRichard Baxter Directions about Our Labor and CallingsJohn Bunyan The Pilgrim's ProgressGeorge Fox JournalGerrard Winstanley A Declaration from the Poor Oppressed People of EnglandWilliam Law A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy LifeJonathan Edwards Personal NarrativeJohn Wesley JournalJohn Wesley "Sermon 28: Sermon on the Mount-8"John Wesley "Sermon 51: The Good Steward"4. Christian Callings in a Post-Christian World, 1800-PresentIntroductionSoren Kierkegaard Fear and TremblingJohn Henry Newman Divine CallsFeodor Dostoevsky The Brothers KaramazovHorace Bushnell Every Man's Life a Plan of GodPope Leo XIII Rerum NovarumMax Weber The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of CapitalismWalter Rauschenbusch Christianity and the Social CrisisHoward Thurman What Shall I Do With My Life?Dietrich Bonhoeffer The Cost of DiscipleshipSimone Weil Reflections on the Right Use of School Studies with a View to the Love of GodDorothy L. Sayers "Vocation in Work"Dorothy Day Selected WritingsThomas Merton No Man Is an IslandKarl Barth Church DogmaticsIndex
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