“In nothing has the Church so lost Her hold on reality as in Her failure to understand?and respect the secular vocation. She has allowed work and religion to become?separate departments, and is astonished to find that, as result, the secular work of the?world is turned to purely selfish and destructive ends, and that the greater part of the?world?s intelligent workers have become irreligious, or at least, uninterested in?religion.
But is it astonishing? How can any one remain interested in a religion which seems?to have no concern with nine-tenths of his life? The Church?s approach to an?intelligent carpenter is usually confined to exhorting him not to be drunk and?disorderly in his leisure hours, and to come to church on Sundays. What the Church?should be telling him is this: that the very first demand that his religion makes upon?him is that he should make good tables.”
So wrote Dorothy Sayers (1893-1957) in a famous essay entitled ‘Why Work?’. ?You can download a full copy of the essay (12 pages) here: ?Why Work – Dorothy Sayers Essay
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