Max L. Stackhouse

in The Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199227228
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology


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This article focuses on the doctrine of vocation. It begins with a brief discussion of the ways in which the terms for ‘vocation’ are used in the creation stories at the beginning of the Bible. It then traces four key developments that revise one of the older, now almost classical, treatments of vocation: the medieval formation of the clerical ideal; the Reformation understanding of the vocation of the laity, the Puritan emphasis on social democracy; and the current patterns of leadership in the modern professions.

Keywords: vocation; Bible; medieval formation; Reformation; Puritan; social democracy

Article.  7561 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Philosophy of Religion

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