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Faith and Philosophy

Volume 36, Issue 2, April 2019

Robert C. Roberts
Pages 195-222
DOI: 10.5840/faithphil2019430120

Joys
A Brief Moral and Christian Geography

This paper is an initial effort preparatory for a more thorough “theology of joys.” I distinguish joys from other kinds of pleasure and argue that joy can be seen as the form of all the so-called positive emotions (the ones that feel good). So joy is properly treated in the plural: joys come in a variety of kinds. I distinguish canonical (joys with single-term names) from non-canonical joys. The worthiness of joys is primarily a function of their objects—what the joys are about. I look at a few examples of joys that appear in the New Testament and sketch the relation of joys to happiness.