By Werner G. Jeanrond
This booklet explores the several dimensions of Christian love. It argues that each one expressions of affection are wrestling with the problem of otherness and therefore with the event of transcendence. the improvement of Christian options of affection is mentioned with specific connection with different horizons and the range of techniques to like within the Bible, Augustine, medieval theology, Protestant agapetheology, Catholic techniques to hope, and modern philosophy and sociology. The dialogue of the wealthy and infrequently complicated historical past of expressions of non-public, communal and non secular love allows this research to advance a severe and confident theology of Christian love for our time. This ebook demonstrates the variety within the Christian culture of affection and therefore deals a serious standpoint on earlier and current impositions of homogenous techniques of affection. The booklet invitations the reader to an in-depth exam of the possibility of Christian love and its specific associations for the improvement of private and communal different types of Christian discipleship. the normal separation among agape love and eroticism is conquer in favour of an built-in version of affection that recognizes either God's reward of affection and the possibility of each girl, guy and baby to give a contribution to the transformative praxis of affection in church and society.
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The love of God and the love of neighbour, and the shifting horizon of love. 15 Love comes from God. It emerges from God’s creative and reconciling presence in the universe. This divine love makes human love first of all possible. God’s love manifests itself both through the divinely granted covenant with God’s people, Israel, and through God’s acts as creator of the universe. Within the covenant, therefore, the love of God is the greatest commandment. Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.
506–7. 22 Mayes, Deuteronomy, p. 211, interprets this phrase as ‘synonymous with love’. Biblical Challenges to a Theology of Love 33 Love of God and love of neighbour thus belong together. Although they need to be distinguished, they must not be separated. For women, men, and children to love God demands openness to God’s creative project, letting oneself be drawn into this project and to follow its rules and wisdom, respecting God’s divinity, accepting God’s otherness, desiring to know more about God, and longing for an always intensifying closeness to God.
We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us — and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. 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.
A Theology of Love by Werner G. Jeanrond