Business and the Church: A Symposium

Business and the Church: A Symposium

Business and the Church: A Symposium

Business and the Church: A Symposium

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For decades ministers have been trying to tell business men what is God's will for them. Visit the shelves of any great university library: there sit the sermons, row on row, in lonely and dusty solemnity. Nor are they all ancient sermons; among the modern variety are One Hundred Best Sermons for Special Days and Occasions, Best Sermons 1924, and the excellent collection of the sermons of the twentyfive foremost American living preachers.

Is there not a pressing need for a frank and clear message from forward-looking business men as to what is their own conception of the will of God for themselves and for the church? Some people consider business a pagan institution and feel that the man who is called to serve his fellows must of necessity enter the ministry or another of the professions. What if business is just as sacred a calling as religion?

What can the church do for business and what for labor? Perhaps we can reverse the question and ask, "What can business and what can labor do for the church?" Perhaps neither can do very much for the other, but both can do more than any of us dream with each other.

In order to have an authoritative expression of the . . .

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