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Work in the Spirit: Toward a Theology of Work

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In Work in the Spirit, Miroslav Volf interprets work as a theological construct in relationship to the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Volf provides lucid and profoundly intellectual reflection on socialism, and draws from his personal experience growing up in communist Eastern Europe. A comprehensive capitalism. Volf explores the trajectory of each system and their impact on industrial, agricultural, medical, political, and artistic work.

Volf also brings the discussion into the twenty-first century, looking at work through the lens of the information society. He examines the theme of alienation in the work place —with particular emphasis on those in the technology and management—and illuminates the character of humane work.

On the basis of his “pneumatological” theology of work, Volf rejects the traditional Protestant understanding of work as vocation, and takes the concept of charisma as the cornerstone for his understanding of work. He denies that one is “called” to do a particular work in spite of one’s inclinations. Rather, he asserts, that it is our privilege—and fulfilling to us—to do the kind of work for which God’s spirit has gifted us. All human work done in accordance with the will of God, Volf argues, is cooperation with God in the preservation and transformation of the world.

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Looking for more cutting-edge theology from Miroslav Volv? Check out the Eerdmans Miroslav Volf Collection (6 vols.).

Key Features

  • Presents work as God’s gift to humanity given through the Holy Spirit
  • Evaluates the impact of socialism and capitalism on work
  • Explores the implications of the technological age for the diginity of the worker
  • Examines traditional Christian concepts of work


  • The Problem of Work
  • Dominant Understandings of Work
  • Toward a Theology of Work
  • Work, Spirit, and New Creation
  • Work, Human Rights, and Nature
  • Alienation and Humanization of Work

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About Miroslav Volf

Miroslav Volf is the founding director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. Dedicated to ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, Volf has served with the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum. A celebrated author and speaker, Volf has received multiple awards for his books which include After Our Likeness: The Church as the Image of the Trinity, Captive to the Word of God: Engaging the Scriptures for Contemporary Theological Reflection, A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good, as well as the author or editor of the books in the Eerdmans Miroslav Volf Collection (6 vols.).


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