What Does Historical Theology Have to Do with Faith, Work and Economics? (Part 1)

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The Reformation not only changed the face of theology but also how Christians understand what it means to work. Martin Luther sits at the center of this change. He combated the idea that a person had to become a monk or nun to live a holy life, pleasing to God. Rather, he argued that a person can bring glory to God in his ordinary job and in family life. In his treatise On Good Work, Luther states,

A good work when a man works at his trade, walks, stands, eats, drinks, sleeps, and does all kinds of works for the nourishment of his body or for the common welfare, and … God is well pleased with them.

Luther was a pastor at heart and was concerned with the well-being of the people. He emphasized that humanity was created for work and because of this, Luther wanted to show what a proper understanding of work means for the Christian. …Read More.