Stress is one of the most prominent sicknesses of the third millennium.
This article used the external categories of stress and the heuristic ethical indicators (identity,
ethics and ethos) to determine why Paul lived with joy despite of his stressful circumstances.
As for people sharing the same Christian identity of the first followers of Jesus, this should be
of real significance to the situation of stress in the third millennium.
Dr Chris Franken is a doctoral candidate and a research associate of Prof. Dr Kobus Kok in the department New Testament at the University of Pretoria. This article resulted from the student’s doctoral thesis that he successfully completed at the University of Pretoria in 2011.