The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


What is life for?

For Luther, it's freedom to love and serve

We ask students — and ourselves — the “big” questions of life at the university where I teach. None is bigger than, “What is life for?”

nick kiriazis
Many offer answers. The self-help section fills many, many shelves at libraries. And in bookstores too. But it isn’t just about self-help: promises of happiness, reward, fulfillment, power, prestige .... So, what is life for?

It should come as no surprise that the 21st-century business curriculum — which I teach to both undergraduate and grad students — is very prescriptive about what life should be about. As business leaders, life is about driving and guiding the economic engine that has made life a lot less risky than it once was.

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