A few months ago, Covenant Seminary Professor Dan Doriani wrote a post at Gospel Coalition entitled The Power—and Danger—in Luther’s Concept of Work. It’s a good piece, and the author has a good understanding of the importance of Luther’s doctrine, including love and service to the neighbor.
But at the end, he moves to what he considers the “Danger” of Luther’s teaching. Briefly, he says that Luther’s understanding of God’s calling sanctifies the status quo. If you are in a lowly “dehumanizing” job, if you think of it as a calling from God, then you would never leave it.
It took Calvin, he says, to perfect Luther’s doctrine of vocation.
Read the entire post. I quote part of it after the jump. Then I try to answer the criticisms. [Read more…]