Vocation or calling? Meaning or purpose? Part of the work of developing a richer theology of vocation is the work of translation: how to find meaningful and compelling terms to convey the depth of the concept in a culture that has largely lost the language of vocation.
It is easy to react against Hedges’ diatribes but difficult to argue with his conclusions. Though perhaps not as insightful as his previous book, Empire of Illusion, Death of the Liberal Class is a bracing, sometimes terrifying read.
Turkle writes that she was once optimistic and hopeful about the positive potentials of technology. But after interviewing hundreds of people, she is becoming more and more concerned about how we are being shaped, changed, and formed by technology.
Sara Miles shares the liberal critique of a Christianity stultified by its preoccupation with doctrine and institutional maintenance. But she comes to this critique through her conversion at the communion table, and the experience of God as “a force blowing uncontrollably through the world.”
The novelist Elizabeth McCracken is not a religious person, per se. But her memoir about her pregnancy and the stillbirth of her first son bears witness to the transcendent in its exploration of love, grief, and hope.
He was homeless, his illegal camp slashed last week along with his meager belongings. There’s no context to visit, nothing to learn because there’s no place to inhabit. “Cancel today’s church meetings. I have a funeral.” And the process begins, just not like before.
This is a spiritual memoir, and the theological reflection Srubas brings to bear on her own story does not fit into a clean arc or a clear-cut story of before and after. The narrative decisions Srubas makes in telling this story are both lovely and smart, and pastors and religious leaders would benefit from study of her voice.