Work for its Own Sake: A Christian Doctrine

“If man’s fulfillment of his nature is to be found in the full expression of his divine creativeness, then we urgently need a Christian doctrine of work, which shall provide not only for proper conditions of employment, but also that the work shall be such as a person may do with their whole heart, and that they shall do it for the very work’s sake. But we cannot expect a sacramental attitude to work, while many people are forced, by our evil standard of value, to do work which is a spiritual degradation – for example, a long series of financial trickeries or the manufacture of vulgar and useless trivialities”:

[Dorothy Sayers, Creed or Chaos, 1949]

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