The Religion of Workism

Derek Thompson

Over at The Atlantic, Derek Thompson explores the new religion of "workism" so prevalent among millennials (who are rapidly burning out, as we saw a few issues ago). Why has work taken on the trappings of religion? Thompson notes the way in which "the American conception of work has shifted from jobs to careers to callings—from necessity to status to meaning."

Today, one's work can become one's soulmate, invested with nearly religious meaning. However, as Thompson notes, one benefit of traditional religions is that "God-fearing worshippers put their faith in an intangible and unfalsifiable force of goodness. But work is tangible, and success is often falsified. To make either the centerpiece of one’s life is to place one’s esteem in the mercurial hands of the market. To be a workist is to worship a god with firing power."

Read "Workism Is Making Americans Miserable" at The Atlantic. For a deeply Christian treatment of faith, work, and vocation, check out Tim Keller's Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work.

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