About the author: Reverend Gordon Preece is Lecturer in Ethics and Practical Theology at Ridley College, University of Melbourne, Australia. He is also the Director of the Ridley College Center for Applied Christian Ethics. Previous publications include Ecology and Theology (Anglican Information Office), Getting the Job Done Right (with Robert Banks, Victor Books, 1992), and Changing Work Values: A Christian Response (Acorn, 1995).
1998 0-7734-2247-1 This study tackles the criticisms of the vocation tradition, particularly by Miroslav Volf, arguing that they are largely true of the relatively conservative Lutheran vocation tradition based on creation theology. They are less true of the Reformed tradition, particularly as reformed itself within a more dynamic trinitarian theological framework which encourages both social and personal change in work structures and roles. It examines three 20th century Lutheran theologians (Gustaf Wingren, Karl Barth, Jürgen Moltmann) to see the ways in which their theological anchorage in one person of the Trinity or article of the Creed shapes their theologies of work and vocation.