Calling in Today's World

Voices from Eight Faith Perspectives

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Kathleen A. Cahalan, Douglas J. Schuurman
  • Grand Rapids, MI: 
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
    , July
     240 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


The concept of "vocation" or "calling" is a distinctively Christian concern, grounded in the long-held belief that we find our meaning, purpose, and fulfillment in God. But what about religions other than Christianity? What does it mean for someone from another faith tradition to understand calling or vocation?

In this book contributors with expertise in Catholic and Protestant Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Daoism, and secular humanism explore the idea of calling from these eight faith perspectives. The contributors search their respective traditions' sacred texts, key figures, practices, and concepts for wisdom on the meaning of vocation. Greater understanding of diverse faith traditions, say Kathleen Cahalan and Douglas Schuurman, will hopefully increase and improve efforts to build a better, more humane world.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Douglas J. Schuurman is professor of religion at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, and the author of Vocation: Discerning Our Callings in Life.

Kathleen A. Cahalan is professor of theology at Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota, and coauthor of Christian Practical Wisdom: What It Is, Why It Matters.



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