Work: Theological Foundations and Practical Implications
Keith Loftin and Trey Dimsdale,
SCM, 2018, xvii + 273 pp, pbk.
Keith Loftin and Trey Dimsdale’s collection of essays on the nature of work has a dual purpose: to challenge a perceived sacred–secular divide in churches’ efforts to encourage their members to grow as disciples; and to respond to the ‘dearth of attention’ (2) given to work in contemporary theology. The book is divided into three sections, Biblical theology, systematic theology, and finally practical theology. Overall it sets out a clear message that work is a good, rooting this in a Genesis-based account of work as co-creation with God and as part of the vocation of the human person from before the fall. This is extended through John Taylor’s consideration of work and idleness in 1 and 2 Thessalonians (ch.4) to form the basis of a vocational understanding of work as a primary locus of discipleship.