Idleness and Work in the Letter to the Thessalonians

Posted September 18, 2017 11:11 pm by Paul Kniaz

Idleness and Work in the Letter to the Thessalonians

 

St. Paul’s first and second letters to the Thessalonians highlight the importance of work and the dangers of idleness. His insistence on the individuality of work clashes at least in tone with what we find in the Acts of the Apostles. Acts describes the Christian community as a state of ongoing sharing in which individuality hardly matters. “Now the company of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of things which possessed was his own, but they had everything in common.” (4:32) In contrast, St. Paul goes in the opposite direction by

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