Celebrating Calvin: Ten Ways Modern Culture Is Different Because of John Calvin
7. Parity Among all Professions:The Doctrine of Vocation
Another of the culture-shaping aspects of Calvin's thought was his emphasis on the sacredness of ordinary vocations. Before Calvin and the Protestant Reformation, the doctrine of vocation or calling was thought to be exclusively for the clergy. However, his view of work as inherently dignified by our Creator elevated all disciplines and lawful vocations to the status of holy calling. One could, after Calvin, be as called to medicine, law, or education as a clergyman was called to serve the church.
Calvin's call for ...