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Working: Compass: Christian Explorations

Working: Compass: Christian Explorations

Working. We spend most of our waking hours doing it but rarely consider its theological meanings or implications. Is work a punishment or curse, an avenue to human flourishing or something else? Is there a distinctively Christian approach to working? Darby Ray, whose work on Christology and ethics has emphasized the surprising breadth and elasticity of the Christian past, lifts up key insights from Christian scripture and tradition and considers their implications for today's complex, globalized world of work.

Ray suggests that for the triune God as for humans everywhere, working is an everyday practice fraught with both peril and promise. As an essential yet often dehumanizing dimension of human experience, work stands in continual need of serious Christian consideration. Working responds to this need with imagination and courage, providing an informative, accessible, and theologically compelling exploration of what is arguably the defining activity of our time.

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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800698102
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5 x 7.75
  • Pages 152
  • Publication Date June 1, 2011


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"That work is crucial not only to human subsistence but also to human flourishing is among the deepest insights of the Jewish and Christian traditions. At a time when work is more exploited than ever, Darby Ray presents thought–provoking alternatives, grounded in solidarity with everyday labor in which the divine is so deeply engaged."
—Joerg Rieger, Ph.D.
Wendland-Cook Professor of Constructive Theology
Perkins School of Theology
Southern Methodist University

"Darby Ray wants to have a down to earth, Jesus level, conversation with you about work, how our fables about work are driving us mad and making life hellish for each other. If you stick with her to the end of the conversation, you will likely be saner and more open to the liberating work companionship with Jesus offers."
—M. Douglas Meeks
Cal Turner Chancellor Professor of Theology
Vanderbilt University Divinity School