ANN M. BEDZERIDES, EDITOR
Title: Christ At Work: Orthodox Christan Perspectives on Vocation
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Holy Cross Orthodox Press March 2007
1885652879 / 9781885652874
Seller ID: 141388
A young seminary student consulted a beloved bishop about his future. The bishop replied, 'Do whatever you like, whatever comes your way, but.whatever you choose, do it for the love of God and the service of others.' Before the publication of this book, Orthodox perspectives on vocation were hard to come by. Both the New Testament and patristic tradition have only one definition for 'calling'-to follow Christ for salvation. The essays collected here are responses from Orthodox professors, theologians, and priests to the question, 'What is the Orthodox Christian Theological exploration of vocation?' Each follows the trajectory of his or her discipline-theology, New Testament studies, ethics, Old Testament studies-but all affirm Fr. Thomas Hopko's statement: 'To be and do what God wills us to be and do is life itself.' Subjects include (but are not limited to) 'Considering Vocation: The Witness of the Fathers,' 'In the Image of God: Mystical Theology and Secular Vocations,' 'The Call of the Virgin Mary,' 'Vocation and Ethics,' and 'The Priesthood of the Laity.' The consensus? It is the way in which Orthodox Christians approach their roles and occupations that matters. To quote the wry Fr. Stanley Harakas, God is not 'a celestial employment agency.' Imaginative and satisfying, this compendium is a worthy resource for all manner of Christians seeking to discern Christ's call. (A separately bound thirty-page study guide is included with this book.) 230 pp.