By Werner G. Jeanrond

This e-book explores the several dimensions of Christian love. It argues that each one expressions of affection are wrestling with the problem of otherness and for this reason with the adventure of transcendence. the improvement of Christian strategies of affection is mentioned with specific connection with different horizons and the diversity of ways to like within the Bible, Augustine, medieval theology, Protestant agapetheology, Catholic methods to hope, and modern philosophy and sociology. The dialogue of the wealthy and sometimes difficult history of expressions of non-public, communal and spiritual love allows this research to boost a serious and positive theology of Christian love for our time. This e-book demonstrates the range within the Christian culture of affection and therefore bargains a severe viewpoint on earlier and current impositions of homogenous suggestions of affection. The booklet invitations the reader to an in-depth exam of the opportunity of Christian love and its specific associations for the improvement of non-public and communal varieties of Christian discipleship. the conventional separation among agape love and eroticism is triumph over in favour of an built-in version of affection that recognizes either God's reward of affection and the potential for each lady, guy and baby to give a contribution to the transformative praxis of affection in church and society.

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Edith Hamilton and Huntington Cairns, Bollington Series LXXI, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1961, pp. 475–525, here p. 492 (245a–c). , pp. 499–500 (253d–254e). 49 Such is the life of the gods: It is there that true being dwells, without color or shape, that cannot be touched; reason alone, the soul’s pilot, can behold it, and all true knowledge is knowledge thereof. 50 For the other souls the ascent is much tougher and needs a number of rebirths. ’51 Here is not the place to discuss Plato’s doctrine of the soul in any detail.

Tracing the development of a theology of love throughout different biblical contexts and traditions 42 Klassen, ‘Love (NT and Early Jewish)’, op. , p. 392. On Paul’s understanding of living transformed by the Spirit, see Ulrich Wilckens, Der Brief an die Römer, 2. Teilband: Röm 6–11, EKK VI/2, Zurich, Einsiedeln and Cologne: Benziger, and Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag, 1980, pp. 68–72. 43 A Theology of Love 40 can make the contemporary reader aware of the variety of communal and personal expressions of love as well as of the connection between the commandments to love God, to love the other human being, and to love oneself in the right way.

How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother in need and yet refuses help? 16–17) The Johannine approach to love evolves around an intensification of love that aims to strengthen the community from within. ‘I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 34–5). 35 32 Cf. Olsson, Johannesbreven, pp. 232–4 and 286; and Hans-Josef Klauck, Der erste Johannesbrief. EKK XXIII/1, Zurich: Benziger, and Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag, 1991, p.

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