“What’s the Value of Work?” is one of thirteen films in the series on “God and Man in the Twentieth Century,” produced by Educational Communication Association (P.O. Box 114, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204) for institutional and television use. The subject is discussed by three panelists, with Editor Carl F. H. Henry of CHRISTIANITY TODAY as moderator. Dr. Jean Austin, like her husband, became a surgeon to serve as a medical missionary in the Congo. Her husband was killed on an Air Force mercy mission in World War II, but she went to the Congo as a widow; after a span of service, she married another surgeon, whose wife had died on the mission field. Today the Drs. Austin practice surgery in Alexandria, Virginia, where Jean Austin is mother to six children. Dr. Leo Eddleman served as a missionary in Palestine, then as president of Georgetown College in Kentucky. For some years he has been president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Sherwood Wirt, editor of the monthly religious journal Decision, is author of numerous books. During studies at New College, Edinburgh, where he received the Ph.D. degree, he wrote his thesis on Christian vocation.

Henry: More and more people seem to be having fundamental doubts about the value of work. Dr. Eddleman, what do you think accounts for their skepticism?

Eddleman: One thing is the vast amount of work that people are doing today in which they lose themselves. They become almost a statistic, in view of mass production of almost everything that is made in our country. The individual tends to lose a perspective of his own individual relationship.

Wirt: You must realize, however, that people have always had a hard time working. Work has never been easy. And the fact that we have ...

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