In this episode, Sibs Sibanda and Paul Kim discuss Dorothy Sayer’s third proposition, which is that the worker’s first duty is to serve the work, not the community. Her view is that whenever man is made the centre of things, trouble follows – and that is the problem with making ‘serving the community’ the purpose of work.
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Most of us think of work as a necessity – something we have to do so we can look after ourselves and the people who depend on us. But should we perhaps pay more attention to matching the work people do, with who God created them to be?
In this episode of Why Work?, Sibs Sibanda and Paul Kim discuss Dorothy Sayer’s second proposition, which is that when a man or woman is called to a particular job of secular work, it is as true a vocation as though he or she were called to specifically religious work.
Why Work: Work and Dorothy Sayers – Paul Kim and Sibs Sibanda have reunited for this exciting new podcast series entitled Why Work? based on Dorothy Sayers’ well-known essay. In this introductory episode, they compare Sayers’ World War II context with our post-Covid reality – as two watershed moments in the history of work.
‘Why Work?’ is an influential essay by Dorothy L. Sayers outlining a robust and practical theology of work against the background of World War II, that still challenges and inspires today. This is a dictation of the essay.
Read the full essay here
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