The Human Vocation

Douglas V. Porpora

in Landscapes of the Soul

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195134919
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834563 | DOI:
The Human Vocation

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Argues that there is a human vocation, a human project to be pursued by humanity as a whole. Physical cosmology tells us that the universe has a history, a history that arguably seems to be a preparation for intelligent life. As we seem to have been expected by the universe, there must be something we are expected to do. If there is a collective purpose for humanity, it must involve a better world, the “reign of God” so to speak, the realization of utopia. We are each morally obliged to be part of this task.

Keywords: human project; human vocation; intelligent life; physical cosmology; reign of God; universe; utopia; vocation

Chapter.  6221 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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