A Theology of Love by Werner G. Jeanrond

By Werner G. Jeanrond

This publication explores the various dimensions of Christian love. It argues that each one expressions of affection are wrestling with the problem of otherness and consequently with the event of transcendence. the improvement of Christian suggestions 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 ways to hope, and modern philosophy and sociology. The dialogue of the wealthy and infrequently difficult history of expressions of non-public, communal and non secular love permits this research to strengthen a serious and positive theology of Christian love for our time. This publication demonstrates the variety within the Christian culture of affection and hence deals a serious viewpoint on earlier and current impositions of homogenous options of affection. The e-book 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 sorts 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 present 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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Chapter 8 analyses the interdependence between personal, local and global spheres for an adequate understanding of the politics of love in our universe. In the final chapter of this book I approach the love of God in which all aspects of the Christian praxis of love culminate. Here I consider divine and human love and approach salvation, sexuality, and forgiveness in the light of love. This page intentionally left blank Chapter 2 BIBLICAL CHALLENGES TO A THEOLOGY OF LOVE Love at the Centre All Christian thinkers agree that love is the central focus of Christian faith in God.

4–5). ‘You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt’ (Deut. 19). ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself: I am the Lord’ (Lev. 18). In the New Testament these commandments are combined by Jesus, for instance, in Matthew’s Gospel: 68 69 70 71 Brümmer, The Model of Love, p. 33. Ibid. , p. 153. Cf. here also Pamela Sue Anderson, ‘Unselfing Love’, pp. 243–6. , p. 154. ’ This is the greatest and first commandment. ’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Teilband: Mt 18–25. EKK I/3, Zurich and Düsseldorf: Benziger and Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag, 1997, p. 273. 27 Philip Esler, ‘Jesus and the Reduction of Intergroup Conflict: The Parable of the Good Samaritan in the Light of Social Identity Theory’, Biblical Interpretation 8 (2000), pp. 325–57, here p. ’ Esler (p. ’ Søren Kierkegaard, Works of Love, ed. and trans. Howard V. Hong and Edna H. Hong, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1995, p. 32, sees in the commandment to love one’s neighbour an eternal transformation of human love.

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