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Theology of Work and Worldview

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Discusses the meaning and importance of worldview in general as well as the Christian worldview specifically, and introduces how the Christian worldview can be applied to the joys and challenges of work

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Theology of Work and Worldview

  1. 1. Theology of Work & Worldview Vocation, Calling, and the Purpose of Work, Week 5 Evan Donovan
  2. 2. Most people catch their presuppositions from their family and surrounding society, the way that a child catches the measles. But people with understanding realize that their presuppositions should be *chosen* after a careful consideration of which worldview is true. Worldview Shapes All of Life “Causal Layered Analysis”. Sources: Sohail Inayatullah, Dennis List, Andy Hines. Presuppositions (largely unconscious) Values Perceived Need “Most people catch their presuppositions from their family and surrounding society, the way that a child catches the measles. But people with understanding realize that their presuppositions should be chosen after a careful consideration of which worldview is true.” - Francis Schaeffer
  3. 3. The Issue for Everyone: Meaning & Purpose “Millennials at Work: Reshaping the Workplace”. PwC Whitepaper. http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/managing-tomorrows-people/future-of-work/assets/reshaping-the- workplace.pdf. Retrieved on 1/29/2016
  4. 4. The Issue for Christians: Integration of Faith & Work Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
  5. 5. How Can We Address These Issues?  To rebuild our culture, we must “return in a new way to the idea of work as a contribution to the good of all and not merely as a means to one’s own advancement” (Robert Bellah, Habits of the Heart)  This means “all human work is not merely a job but a calling,” a vocation (Tim Keller).  “A job is a vocation only if someone calls you to do it and you do it for them rather than for yourself” (Keller)
  6. 6. What is Worldview? “New and Improved Worldview Lens”. Bret Thomas, “Integral Thinkers”. http://integralthinkers.com/featured/new-and-improved-worldview-lenses/. Retrieved on 1/29/2016
  7. 7. “Time Is Money” image under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0, by TaxCredits.net Work & Worldview: A Case Study
  8. 8. Why Theology of Work?  What sets the Christian worldview apart from others? ◦ Balanced view of reality:  Beautiful yet flawed  Material & spiritual  Eternal & here and now ◦ Accounts for personality and the meaning we find in love and relationships ◦ Gives meaning to suffering & power to endure to evil  “Theology of work” applies Christian truth to the challenges & joys we face in work
  9. 9. Worldview is a Story “The Hero’s Journey – My Pros and Cons”. Veronica Sicoe. http://www.veronicasicoe.com/blog/2013/03/the-heros-journey-my-pros-and-cons/. Retrieved on 1/29/2016
  10. 10. The Christian Story – Myth Become Fact Creation (Plan) Fall (Problem) Redemption (Solution) Consummation (Hope)
  11. 11. The Christian Story – Creation Creation (Plan) Fall (Problem) Redemption (Solution) Consummation (Hope) Humanity is created in the image of God Humanity is given authority over creation Physical world is created good
  12. 12. The Christian Story – Fall Creation (Plan) Fall (Problem) Redemption (Solution) Consummation (Hope) Humans are tempted Humans rebel against God Relationships broken; creation & human nature cursed Humanity is created in the image of God Humanity is given authority over creation Physical world is created good
  13. 13. The Christian Story – Redemption Creation (Plan) Fall (Problem) Redemption (Solution) Consummation (Hope) Humans are tempted Humans rebel against God Relationships broken; creation & human nature cursed Redeemer is promised Redeemer comes (Jesus) Jesus dies & rises again to save humanity Church works to make His Kingdom visible on earth Humanity is created in the image of God Humanity is given authority over creation Physical world is created good
  14. 14. The Christian Story – Consummation Creation (Plan) Fall (Problem) Redemption (Solution) Consummation (Hope) Humans are tempted Humans rebel against God Relationships broken; creation & human nature cursed Redeemer is promised Redeemer comes (Jesus) Jesus dies & rises again to save humanity Church works to make His Kingdom visible on earth Humanity is created in the image of God Humanity is given authority over creation Physical world is created good Redeemer returns Creation restored, greater than before – Garden to City
  15. 15. What Does God Want?  Kingdom of God ◦ His rule & reign made evident – in all of life ◦ The Christian’s request in the Lord’s Prayer  Shalom ◦ Not just the absence of conflict, but restored relationships  Calling for the Christian, therefore, is finding your place in His story  This is about your job but much more
  16. 16. For Further Study  Fletcher Tink, “Theology of Work for the STEM Professions,” weeks 1-8 slides (http://www.slideshare.net/techmission/tow- week1)  Tim Keller, “Every Good Endeavor” presentation (in course)  Tim Keller, Every Good Endeavor  Sohail Inayatullah, “Causal Layered Analysis”, TEDxNoosa (in course)  R. Paul Stevens, The Other Six Days

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