The Christian & the Business World—Complete Archive

As I was finishing up the series last night, I realized that I needed to make it easy on everyone who wanted to reference the whole thing, so here are the links to the entire thirteen-parter:

If you’re using Firefox or Safari, you can tab browse the whole thing (although your eyes might glaze over in the process.)

Hope this helps put it all in one place for the brave souls who want to start from the beginning.

by Dan Edelen

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  1. Posted June 30, 2005 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Nice work, Dan. I have not been able to follow the whole series as I would have liked due to being pretty busy but it is good to know it is always here for browsing.

    I did have the idea of clipping the whole lot and putting it in a document I could print off – I take in printed matter ten times better than what’s on the screen.

    I don’t know how many others might be interested in downloading printable hard copy of the series. Maybe a PDF of the lot? But then, that reduces the need to visit your fine blog, which would be a shame.

  2. Posted June 30, 2005 at 1:10 pm | Permalink


    Any input you have on the series is appreciated, especially since it was in the UK that many of these ideas started. I know my section on The Industrial Church Revolution would have been greatly aided in its historicity by someone who has a greater feel for the fallout as it happened in Britain.

    Thanks for the kind words about the series. I hope it gets Christians thinking about whether or not our cultural systems are truly Christian and what a Christian work reality might actually look like. Too few people are asking these questions.

  3. Posted July 11, 2005 at 11:50 am | Permalink


    Please add a link to this archive in the “Best of Cerulean Sanctum”: preferably not in, but alongside the “Best Posts of 2003-2004″ link!

  4. Posted August 1, 2005 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    Still waiting to hear back from you concerning the Christian business groupblog opportunity. You expressed interest and I emailed ya, but never heard back. Are you still interested?
    She goes live Sept. 1, 2005. If you get a minute, go see her home at
    In case you are curious, the contributors are:
    – Me (Colin Rowley)
    – Tim Challies (
    – Aron Gahagan (
    – Jeremy Harrison (
    – Stephen Young (new blogger)
    – Tim Campaign (new blogger)

    Looking forward to hearing from you. Loved your series on Christian business!

    In Him,
    Colin Rowley

  5. Posted August 1, 2005 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    Ooops… my email is


  6. Posted August 7, 2005 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Also, I might have a writing opportunity that would fit you quite well. I manage much of the online content over at and we are looking for online columnists willing to write a column per week for the site. In addition, your column will also be posted on BizNetDaily (a subsidiary of WorldNetDaily).

    Shoot me an email if you’re interested (


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