Dilemmas of Religious Professional, Part 1, 1971 February 9
In the first lecture of this series, Thurman discusses the meaning of being a professional in society and the distinctiveness of the religious professional. For the religious professional, one’s calling is unique not only because he or she is chosen but because God has chosen that person. While divine calling distinguishes this individual, Thurman shows special election does not leave one exempt from the contingencies and challenges of human experience. Divine calling should not make the minister arrogant but more devoted to the mission of urging others to embrace the love of God.
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