Religion, Reluctance, and Conversations about Vocation

Mark U. Edwards

in Vocation across the Academy

Published in print December 2016 | ISBN: 9780190607104
Published online January 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190607135 | DOI:
Religion, Reluctance, and Conversations about Vocation

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The language of vocation and calling has its roots in religious discourse, but religion is a topic that poses significant challenges in the academic environment. Faculty in particular are likely to make snap judgments about religion, based not only on media reports and general cultural assumptions, but on certain aspects of their training and formation as scholars. Their motives may range from social and political objections to psychological and epistemological concerns. While campuses will obviously vary in the degree to which these concerns impede conversations about calling and vocation, the concern is sufficiently widespread to demand attention to certain practices when addressing such issues. These practices include a change in focus from debate to conversation, a willingness to speak with one’s interlocutors on their own terms, and attending to imbalances in power and risk.

Keywords: vocation; calling; religion; controversy; religion and politics; religion and gender; faith and reason; religion and psychology; debate vs. conversation; religion and higher education

Chapter.  8615 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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