Jeremy Kidwell, The Theology of Craft and the Craft of Work: From Tabernacle to Eucharist. Routledge.
An important reconceptualisation is taking place in the way people express creativity, work together, and engage in labour; particularly with the rise of the maker movement and craft work. But is this a new phenomenon? In The Theology of Craft I explore the Hebrew bible and Greek New Testament in conversation with other ancient craft narratives to see whether there is a model for good work embedded there. Through an examination of themes such as agency, aesthetics, sociality, skill, and the material culture of work, I argue that the church (or ‘new temple’) is both the product and the site of moral work and furthermore that Christian worship provides a moral context for work.
Publisher - Hive Books (UK indy sellers) - IndieBound (Independent booksellers in the USA)
Reviews: Journal of Markets & Morality (Brian Dijkema)
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