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 therefore with the adventure of transcendence. the advance of Christian thoughts of affection is mentioned with specific connection with the various horizons and the diversity of techniques to like within the Bible, Augustine, medieval theology, Protestant agapetheology, Catholic techniques to wish, and modern philosophy and sociology. The dialogue of the wealthy and sometimes not easy background of expressions of private, communal and spiritual love allows this learn to strengthen a severe and confident theology of Christian love for our time. This booklet demonstrates the range within the Christian culture of affection and hence deals a serious viewpoint on prior and current impositions of homogenous innovations of affection. The ebook invitations the reader to an in-depth exam of the possibility of Christian love and its specific associations for the advance of non-public and communal different types of Christian discipleship. the conventional 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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For a discussion of Kierkegaard’s theology of love see below, chapter 5. 28 Cf. François Bovon, Das Evangelium nach Lukas: 2. Teilband: Lk 9,51–14,35. EKK III/2, Zurich and Düsseldorf: Benziger and Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag, 1996, p. 99. ‘Indem wir andern Nächste werden, erfüllen wir das Gesetz, also den Willen Gottes, und nehmen unsererseits das Anliegen und die Haltung Christi an. So zu verstehen ist die Dynamik der Bewegung auf die andern zu, und so zu verstehen ist der Realismus einer Gebärde, die unseren Kräften entspricht und den Wahn von karitativer Allmacht aufhebt’ (ibid).
The use of both terms as synonyms can also be documented in Philo’s writings. , p. , p. 18. 11 Moreover, as texts they always already participate in a communicative system that is marked by changing conventions and styles. g. 12 As a result, hermeneutical developments have sharpened the theologian’s perception of the phenomenon that all discussions and descriptions of love in the Bible witness to particular experiences, circumstances, expectations and desires. Biblical discourses on love have a rich and varied history.
56 For an in-depth discussion of the development of Christian mysticism in the West and of its different roots and inspirations see Bernard McGinn, The Foundations of Mysticism: Origins to the Fifth Century, London: SCM, 1992. , p. 27: It is clear from Plato’s Symposium ‘that Plato’s notion of love is not purely egotistical and self-serving, as Anders Nygren claimed; rather true eros is love for the Good that seeks to beget the good, either the good of human offspring or of virtue’. 57 See McGinn, The Foundations of Mysticism, pp.
A Theology of Love by Werner G. Jeanrond