Tuesday Jan 17, 2023

Vocation vs Bull**** Jobs

Welcome to season 5 of the Queen of the Sciences podcast! Vocation is a topic near and dear to me and Dad, both as a central theological focus of the Lutheran Reformation and also because we just plain take a lot of pleasure in our work. But David Graeber's astonishing book Bullshit Jobs came as a serious wake-up call to us both. In this episode, we review Graeber's case for the precipitous shift from meaningful to meaningless and even actively harmful paid work in the world today, and what it means for an ongoing commitment to the doctrine of vocation.


1. Graeber, Bullshit Jobs

2. The short story "Gold" in my collection Protons and Fleurons is a skewed look at vocation, but not as skewed as Graeber's.

3. The classic study of Luther on vocation is Gustav Wingren's appropriately titled Luther on Vocation

4. Related episodes: Hannah Arendt, Cybertech and Personhood

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