n Dutch Reformed Theological Journal = Nederduitse Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif - Models of "happiness" - a South African perspective

Volume 52, Issue 3_4
  • ISSN : 0028-2006


This article explains the complex notion of "happiness" and the variety of theological approaches to happiness. It then sketches three models of happiness in the South African context: the segregation model deriving from a specific understanding of neo-Calvinism, the traditional African model based on a communitarian notion of , and the model stemming from modernity with its emphasis on individuality and rationality. The last section is not fully developed and only outlines a Christian and Biblical understanding of happiness with emphasis on joy in the Lord that stems from both the wisdom traditions and the New Testament letters.

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