The search for happiness, towards a practical theology of joy : faith seeking beatific happiness – fides quaerens beatitudinem

Louw, D. J. (Daniel Johannes), 1944- (2020-07-22)

CITATION: Louw, D. J. 2020. The search for happiness, towards a practical theology of joy: faith seeking beatific happiness – fides quaerens beatitudinem. International Journal of Practical Theology, 24 (1):111-134. doi:10.1515/ijpt-2018-0006

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In the light of the eudaimonic principle of pleasure/enjoyment, the question is posed: What is meant by a spirituality of happiness? In terms of the eucharistic perspective of graceful living, and the view that human beings are actually playful artists (homo ludens), a practical theology of joy is proposed: fides quaerens beatitudinem – faith seeking joyful happiness. In the light of the Christian connection between a benevolence of grace and the biblical notion of the beatitudes, happiness is presented as a kind of makariology: the interplay between the benediction of a blessing and the fortitude of a peaceful mind. “Beatific enjoyment” (fruitio beatifica) is proposed as a practical theological conceptualisation of the “praxis of God”.

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