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Durf ons nog preek dat werk ’n roeping van God is?

Etienne de Villiers
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 60, No 3 | a621 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v60i3.621 | © 2004 Etienne de Villiers | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 October 2004 | Published: 17 December 2004

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Etienne de Villiers, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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Is the preaching that work is a vocation of God still relevant?

According to the view of the Reformers Luther and Calvin work is a vocation of God. This article attemps to establish whether this view is still valid today. A number of factors that contribute to presentday Christians experiencing this view as problematical, are discussed. As a result of this experience the theologian Miroslav Volf argues that the Reformed view of work as a vocation of God should be relinquished. Contrary to Volf, the author of the article argues that the view of the Reformers can and should be retained. A more dynamic interpretation of work as vocation of God should, however, be given and the comprehensive theological framework within which the Bible views work, should be respected.


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