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A podcast about faith, work, theology, and economics

May 28, 2017

Episode 5 - What Is Work? Part III

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In this episode, we continue our exploration of the question What Is Work? by examining the concept of work as "obligation", as proposed by the theologian David H Jensen in his book Responsive Labor. We unpack Jensen's conception of obligation, examine its similarities and departures from Volf's understanding of work as instrumental activity, and analyse whether it progresses our understanding of work's nature and place in human life.

References

Jensen, David H Responsive Labour: A Theology of Work. Louisville & London: Westminster John Knox Press, 2006

May 19, 2017

Episode 4 - What Is Work? Part II

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In this episode, we continue our exploration of the question What Is Work? by examining the definition of work articulated by the theologian Miroslav Volf in his book Work In The Spirit. We'll examine the characteristics which Volf assigns to work, and debate the extent to which Volf' definition does - or does not - further our understanding of what work is.

 

References

Volf, Miroslav Work In The Spirit: Toward a Theology of Work. Eugene: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2001 

May 9, 2017

Episode 3 - What is Work? Part I

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In this episode, we begin our exploration of the question What is Work? Along the way, we'll discover it's not as straight-forward a question as we might imagine, and that many caveats and complexities make finding an answer a tricky business indeed!

References

Bottomley, John Hard Work Never Killed Anybody: How the Idolisation of Work Sustains this Deadly Lie. Northcote: Morning Star Publishing, 2015.

Cosden, Darrell A Theology of Work: Work and the New Creation. Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2004.

Fleming, Peter Resisting Work: The Corporatization of Life and its Discontents. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2015.

Hannam, James God's Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science. Duxford: Icon Books Ltd, 2010.

Jensen, David H. Responsive Labor: A Theology of Work. Louisville & London: Westminster John Knox Press, 2006

Volf, Miroslav Work In The Spirit: Toward a Theology of Work. Eugene: Wif and Stock Publisher, 2001

May 5, 2017

Episode 2 - The Theology of Work

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In this episode we will explore the necessity for the Church to develop a systematic theology of work, using as our lens an encounter between Jesus and a crippled woman as told in The Gospel According to Luke.

 

References

Bloomquist, Karen L. The Dream Betrayed: Religious Challenge of the Working Class. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1990.

Dunlop, Tim Why The Future Is Workless. Sydney: NewSouth Publishing, 2016.

Volf, Miroslav Work In The Spirit: Toward A Theology of Work. Eugene: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2001.

May 1, 2017

Episode 1 - Welcome to Ergasia

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In this introductory episode, we learn the meaning of Ergasia, unpack some of the basic motivations behind this podcast, and sketch an outline of future episodes.