The Question of Work

and the Christian Response: Christian Restorative Justice

Public Survey/Display

Does the Good Outweigh the Bad? (and instructions)

What Can We Do About Evil? (and instructions and theology of evil)

What Can We Do About Evil? brochure version

What Story Do You Live In? (and associated message)

Race - What's the Problem? (and instructions)

Race - What's the Problem? brochure form

Who Do You Think Wrote This? (and instructions)


Personal and Practical: Embracing Jesus' Transformation of You

Human Dignity: Does Every Individual Matter?

God as the Foundation of Human Rights (Genesis 1 - 11)

The Impact of Jesus (and ppt)

For more information, please see:

* The Question of Politics and the Christian Response: Christian Restorative Justice


Progress, Justice, & Occupational Work:  A Literary Approach to a Problem in Christian Ethics

Table of Contents

Part One:  Creation, Fall, and the Experience of Israel

* Chapter 1:  Creation, Curse, and Work in Genesis 1 - 3

* Chapter 2:  Genesis 1 - 4 as the Origins of Human Civilization

* Chapter 3:  Genesis 1 - 11 as God's Foundation for Human Worth and Value

* Chapter 4:  Israel's Experience of Blessing - God's Good People on God's Good Land

* Chapter 5:  Israel's Experience of the Fall - Cyclical Work Outside the Perfect Garden

* Chapter 6:  Israel's Experience of Cain's Disobedience - Work as Importing Paganism into Israel

* Chapter 7:  Israel's Experience of Exile - Work as Survival in Pagan Civilization

Part Two:  Israel and Jesus

* Chapter 8:  The Socio-Economic Vision of Jesus for His Followers

* Chapter 9:  Jesus and the Debate over Israel's Wealth, Part 1

* Chapter 10:  Jesus and the Debate over Israel's Wealth, Part 2

* Chapter 11:  The Primacy of Luke's Literary Engagement with the Old Testament

* Chapter 12:  Wealth in the New Testament Documents

* Chapter 13:  Jesus' Socio-Political Ethics in the Gentile World - the Acts of the Apostles

* Chapter 14:  An Evaluation of the Western Church's Teaching on Social Stability and Financial Security

Part Three:  New Creation Ethics in Paul and the Political Context of Human Work

* Chapter 15:  Political Theology in the New Testament and Early Church

* Chapter 16:  The New Creation and Our Calling in 1 Corinthians

* Chapter 17:  An Evaluation of Political Theology in Medieval Catholicism

* Chapter 18:  An Evaluation of Political Theology in the Lutheran and Reformed Traditions

* Chapter 19:  An Evaluation of Liberation Theology

* Chapter 20:  An Evaluation of the Catholic Social Magisterium

Part Four:  Areas of Critical Engagement

* Chapter 21:  Slavery in the Bible, Slavery Today - Does God Care? (and ppt)

* Chapter 22:  U.S. Foreign Policy, Abortion, and Racial & Ethnic Injustice

* Chapter 23:  Engaging the Public School System

* Chapter 24:  Engaging the Corporation

* Chapter 25:  Engaging Banks and Finance (notes from a panel on usurious debt as a theological and relational problem)

* Chapter 26:  Organization and Authority


Additional Resources

* Theology of Work (website): an excellent resource

* Theology of Work Project, Gleaning (Leviticus 19:9 - 10) (Theology of Work Project website)

* Theology of Work Project, The Sabbath Year and the Year of Jubilee (Leviticus 25) (Theology of Work Project website)

* Theology of Work Project, Wealth Gained Through Unjust Means is Harmful (Theology of Work Project website)

* Theology of Work Project, What the Bible Says About Sustainability (Theology of Work Project, Apr 6, 2015) a reflection on Numbers 35

* Blueprint for Better Business (website)

* Faith Driven Business (website)

* An Anabaptist perspective: video on "Thoughts on Christian Vocation" condensed from John Alexander's book

* Tim Muehlhoff and Todd Lewis, Authentic Communication

* Kenman Wong and Scott Rae, Business for the Common Good

* David Lyle Jeffrey and Gregory Maillet, Christianity and Literature

* John Coe and Todd Hall, Education for Human Flourishing

* Francis Beckwith, Politics for Christians

* John Coe and Todd Hall, Psychology in the Spirit

* Monica Toft, Daniel Philpott, Timothy Shah, God's Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics

* Darren Cushman Wood, Blue Collar Jesus: How Christianity Supports Workers' Rights

* Paul Mills, The Great Financial Crisis: A Biblical Diagnosis

* Paul Mills and Michael Schluter, After Capitalism: Rethinking Economic Relationships

* Lynn White, Jr., The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis (paper, 1974)

* Cass Sunstein, Is the Internet Bad for Democracy? (Boston Review, Jun 1, 2001)

* The Frailest Thing, Christianity and the History of Technology (Frailest Thing blog, Mar 1, 2012)

* Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, Race Against the Machine: How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy (Amazon book, Jan 23, 2012)

* Ming Wang, Prominent Doctor Says Faith and Science Can Work Together (The College Fix, Jul 22, 2013) on how his commitment to fetal personhood led to a new discovery

* Gordon Govier, Journalists and InterVarsity (IVCF, Aug 2013)

* Stanley Goff, Renunciation, Sex, and Power (blog May 22, 2013)

* Stanley Goff, Capitalism and Christianity (blog May 2013)

* John Carney and Vincent Fernando, French: The Most Productive People in the World (Business Insider)

* Tom Chatfield, The Truth About Technology's Greatest Myth (BBC News, Jan 10, 2014)

* Miya Tokumitsu, In the Name of Love: Elites Embrace the “Do What You Love” Mantra But It Devalues Work and Hurts Workers (Slate, Jan 16, 2014)

* Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies (Amazon book, Jan 20, 2014)

* Derek Thompson, What Work Will the Robots Take? (The Atlantic, Jan 23, 2014)

* Gordon Marino, A Life Beyond 'Do What You Love' (NY Times, May 17, 2014)

* David Cain, Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (The Real Reason for the 40 Hr Workweek) (Films for Action, Oct 2013)

* Michael Berube, For Hire: Dedicated Young Man With Down Syndrome: A Father Reflects on His Son's Search for Employment (Aljazeera, May 25, 2014)

* Religion & Ethics News Weekly, B Corp Business Ethics (WGBH, Oct 31, 2014)

* Daniel Drezner, The Political Economy of a World Without Work (Washington Post, Jun 24, 2015)

* Rebecca Onion, Rules of Business Ethics for Early 19th Century Christian Merchants (Slate, Apr 29, 2015)

* Paul Rosenfield, The Case for the 32 Hour Work Week (The Atlantic, Jun 22, 2015)

* Derek Thompson, A World Without Work (The Atlantic, Jul/Aug 2015)

* Nancy French, Chris Pratt Says No to Sex Scenes Due to His Faith (Patheos, Aug 15, 2015)

* Brigid Schulte, Time in the Bank: A Stanford Plan to Save Doctors from Burnout (Washington Post, Aug 20, 2015)

* Benjamin L. Corey, John Piper: Women Not Suited For Most Jobs In The World (Patheos, Aug 24, 2015)

* Peter Bungate, Japan's 105-Hour Work Week (Roads and Kingdoms, Dec 2015)

* Laura Bliss, How 'Maintainers,' Not 'Innovators,' Make the World Turn (The Atlantic CityLab, Apr 8, 2016)

* Derek Thompson, The Next Industrial Revolution (The Atlantic, Sep 6, 2016)

* Ana Swanson, Why Amazing Video Games Could Be Causing a Big Problem for America (Washington Post, Sep 23, 2016) young male unemployment and video game culture

* Om Malik, Silicon Valley Has an Empathy Vacuum (The New Yorker, Nov 28, 2016)

* John Lanchester, What the West Can Learn From Japan About the Cultural Value of Work (NY Times Magazine, Dec 13, 2016)

* John Henning Schumann and Sarah-Anne Henning Schumann, Patients Cared For By Female Doctors Fare Better Than Those Treated By Men (NPR, Dec 19, 2016)

* Claire Cain Miller, Why Men Don’t Want the Jobs Done Mostly by Women (NY Times, Jan 4, 2017)

* Chris Weller, Japanese Family Life is Falling Apart - and the Reasons Go Back to World War II (Yahoo News, May 28, 2017)

* Langdon Winner, The Cult of Innovation: Its Colorful Myths and Rituals (Langdon Winner blog, Jun 12, 2017)



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