Christians have always had a good word for human flourishing: shalom. It’s a word that comes out of an old story, and so its meaning is carefully scripted. We can tell others what it means because of what God has been doing and what he has promised to do. Memory is an important piece here.
But there is another, newer word that has become increasingly hip. Andy Crouch talks about the proper end of power as flourishing in his newest book, Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing. And also Miroslav Volf, in his latest, Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World.
It’s not a bad word, but it’s a word that has different stories, and in fact, the narratives are being contested. Robert Joustra talks about “flourishing” here.