By Werner G. Jeanrond
This booklet explores different dimensions of Christian love. It argues that every one expressions of affection are wrestling with the problem of otherness and for that reason with the event of transcendence. the improvement of Christian recommendations 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 techniques to hope, and modern philosophy and sociology. The dialogue of the wealthy and sometimes problematical background of expressions of non-public, communal and non secular love permits this examine to increase a severe and confident theology of Christian love for our time. This ebook demonstrates the range within the Christian culture of affection and therefore deals a serious viewpoint on past and current impositions of homogenous suggestions of affection. The ebook invitations the reader to an in-depth exam of the opportunity of Christian love and its specific associations for the improvement of private 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 possibility of each lady, guy and baby to give a contribution to the transformative praxis of affection in church and society.
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Horizons of Love 23 Hence, the purpose of this study cannot be comprehensive. Rather the aim of this book is to reflect upon the potential of love from within a theological horizon. Both significant traditions and ruptures in the development of Christian discourses on love and contemporary contributions to the theological discussion of love shall be studied and explored here. I do not intend to simplify or harmonize the theological study of love. Yet I do wish to present what I consider to be significant features of a relational understanding of the Christian praxis of love.
1 Is there a natural cross-fertilization of all of these manifestations of and discourses on love? Moreover, God’s love cannot be restricted to the realm of the Christian churches. To what extent, then, can love be understood as the ultimate feature of Christian identity? Can love ever be free from ambiguities? Thirdly, within the Christian movement, love has had a tainted history. Love has been invoked in order to punish children, to persecute non-believers, heretics, and revolutionaries, to exclude and even burn women who dared to challenge the patriarchal order in church and society.
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. (Matt. 37–40) Can love be commanded? While our postmodern sensitivity might react negatively to any suggestion to combine commandment and love, it might be interesting to review the age-old relationship between love and law in this context.
A Theology of Love by Werner G. Jeanrond