Category: Unsolved Problems

No, Parenting is Not a Job

Green Room blogger Jon Malesic has a provocative post at The New Republic where he argues that we use the metaphor of job or work for anything that requires effort, including school and the human relationships of marriage and parenting: Americans struggle to describe worthwhile, long-term activities without turning them into jobs. We can’t imagine a good life that’s free…

More Work, Less Reward?

The New York Times published an article in July called “Work and Reward: The Great Disconnect.” *  Basically, the article’s argument is that people tend to assume that harder work will bring them more renumeration, but that, even if ever true in the past, this is becoming less and less true today. This leads to an overall sense of discouragement:…

Fat people earn less and have a harder time finding work. What does the faith at work movement have to say to them?

We ran into this somewhat disturbing story at the website of the BBC recently: Even when they’re able to do the job competently, obese people routinely face discrimination in the workplace. While discrimination against employees because of their sex, age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or disabilities is illegal in a growing number of countries, including the UK, many businesses…

What Henry David Thoreau Can Contribute to a Theology of Work

Jonathan Malesic, one of our bloggers, recently sent out a note alerting his mailing list to a paper he’s written for the Journal of Religious Ethics on resources from Thoreau for dealing with the “suckiness” of work (TGR’s term, not Malesic’s). The paper is behind a paywall, but if you belong to an academic institution you may have access to the…