oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The human freedom to make meaning: A logo-philosophical reading of Revelation 1:3
|Article Title||The human freedom to make meaning: A logo-philosophical reading of Revelation 1:3|
|© Publisher:||Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS)|
|Journal||Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies|
|Affiliations||1 Department of New Testament, University of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Nov 2005|
|Pages||510 - 531|
|Keyword(s)||Addiction, Aggression, Depression, Human motivations, Industrialisation, Logotherapy, Meaning in human existence, Self-transcendence and Urbanisation|
Victor Frankl's logophilosophy is relevant for a contextual interpretation of Rev 1 :3. According to this philosophy there has to be meaning to life under any conditions, even the worst conceivable. Life has potential meaning under all circumstances. Frankl postulates four avenues by way of which one can attain meaning: creative values, experiential values, attitudinal values and gratitudinal values. An analysis of Rev 1:3 indicates that these values formed the foundation for the implied author's and the readers' search for meaning and ultimate meaning in their existence.
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