Work and Leisure in Christian Perspective

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We Christians are not immune to the dissatisfactions others experience in their work and leisure pursuits. In all likelihood, our problems stem from our adherence to a secularized perspective that views work as the means to material gain, with leisure a badly needed respite from work's drudgery. Leland Ryken examines this secular view and points to the liberating perspective of the Scriptures: both our work and our leisure have as their overarching aim to glorify God. Blue-collar worker or white, homemaker or ...
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Overview

We Christians are not immune to the dissatisfactions others experience in their work and leisure pursuits. In all likelihood, our problems stem from our adherence to a secularized perspective that views work as the means to material gain, with leisure a badly needed respite from work's drudgery. Leland Ryken examines this secular view and points to the liberating perspective of the Scriptures: both our work and our leisure have as their overarching aim to glorify God. Blue-collar worker or white, homemaker or career woman, this book will profoundly influence the attitudes and motivations you bring to your work and to your play.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579109592
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Pages: 256

Meet the Author

Leland Ryken is professor of English at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of How to Read the Bible as Literature and coeditor of A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9
Introduction Work and Leisure: A Critical Issue 11
Part 1 Issues in Work and Leisure
1. Understanding Work and Leisure 19
2. The Contemporary Crisis in Work and Leisure 43
3. A History of Attitudes toward Work and Leisure 63
4. The Original Protestant Ethic 87
Part 2 Work and Leisure in Christian Perspective
5. A Christian Theology of Work 119
6. The Ethics of Work 159
7. A Christian Theology of Leisure 181
8. The Ethics of Leisure 207
Conclusion: Work, Leisure, and Christian Living 231
Subject Index 247
Scripture Index 249
Index of Persons 253
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