10 February 2012
Work can either affirm life or destroy it, argues a new LWF publication, Dignity of Work-Theological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives.
Part of the LWF’s Documentation series, the publication grew out of a 2011 symposium on the theology of work organized by the LWF’s Department of Theology and Studies (DTS).
“Work or labor constitutes a fundamental aspect of human existence regardless of whether or not one believes in God,” said LWF General Secretary Rev. Martin Junge in the book’s preface. “Individuals of all cultures and traditions associate work not only with sustenance but also identity.”
In his introduction, the publication’s editor, Rev. Dr Kenneth Mtata, DTS study secretary for Lutheran Theology and Practice, noted that work is central to the shared life within and outside the communion of faith. “The fruits of our labor can be shared equally or become the basis for greed and marginalization.”
Dignity of Work looks at Luther’s theology of work as a basis for a just economy, examines how work is understood in different contexts and illustrates how the world of work is skewed against women.
Dignity of Work is available in English and German for EUR 12 | USD 15| CHF 15.