God, Creation, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Terence E. Fretheim

in The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199795734
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979691 | DOI:
God, Creation, and the Pursuit of Happiness

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This chapter argues that happiness is an essential quality of God’s own life as that is described in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. God’s happiness affects the created world and is in turn affected by the created world. God gifts human beings with happiness but does the same for non-human creatures as well. This means that these latter, too, are capable of happiness and joy, which is often expressed in their praise of God. Happiness is thus a way to talk about the flourishing of all creation.

Keywords: happiness; God; creation; God’s emotions; God’s happiness

Chapter.  10506 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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