Faith-and-work programs date to the 1950s, said Michael J. Naughton, theology professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis and a speaker at the Belmont program. The movement waned from the 1960s through the 1980s then began to pick up again. Naughton, co-author of Managing As If Faith Mattered: Christian Social Principles in the Modern Organization, has long focused on work-faith issues.
Today’s culture ”fosters division between public and private life,” he said. ”Most of us want unity. Most of us don’t want to pass on to our kids two different standards.”
He pointed to a recent ad campaign designed to draw tourists to Las Vegas’ gambling and glitz by telling potential vacationers ”what happens there, stays there.
”The fact is, what happens in Vegas stays with me.