Teaser: [A] vocation is a very particular duty. Just a word about vocation here. A vocation is not the same as a particular job or a particular career. An academic career is an obvious career for an intellectual. Not the only suitable career, but an obvious one. But not all intellectuals who want an academic career are graced with one and that’s especially true right now when the academic job market is so tight. And that’s why it is important to distinguish a vocation from career and to keep your eye on the vocational ball.
Your vocation is to promote the salvation of the world and serve the coming kingdom of God with your extraordinary intellectual gifts wherever the providence of God puts you. On those occasions in the late 90’s when I was hunting with increasing desperation for a full time academic job and I felt sorry for myself . . . (16:02 – 17:43)
Thank-you to John Mulholland, The Charles Malik Society for Redeeming Reason, for bringing to my attention not only this presentation, but also Christianity and the Life of the Mind: An Introduction (Developing a Christian Mind at Oxford, 2/1-2/2014). Note: John enjoyed getting to know Nigel Biggar when Nigel was engaged in doctoral studies at The University of Chicago Divinity School.
- Nigel Biggar is the Director of the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics & Public Life. ↩