What is Flourishing?

From: The Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

I recently came across an interesting article in World magazine, written byAnthony Bradley, a professor at The King’s College in New York. In it Bradley describes what he calls the “new legalism” of missional, radical Christianity. Pondering what it means for Christians to love God and neighbor, he writes,

An emphasis on human flourishing, ours and others’, becomes important because it is characterized by a holistic concern for the spiritual, moral, physical, economic, material, political, psychological, and social context necessary for human beings to live according to their design.

Bradley is right. This idea of flourishing should be important to Christians today. But what is flourishing? Is it biblical? And how do we get it?

Flourishing In the Old Testament

In the Old Testament, the concept of flourishing is best described by the Jewish word shalom. Biblical scholars tell us that shalom signifies a number of things, including: ….

Read the rest at The Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics.

Topics: Common Good, Shalom

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