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By Werner G. Jeanrond
This ebook explores different 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 improvement of Christian techniques of affection is mentioned with specific connection with the various horizons and the diversity of ways 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 infrequently complicated background of expressions of non-public, communal and non secular love allows this research to improve a serious and optimistic theology of Christian love for our time. This ebook demonstrates the range within the Christian culture of affection and hence deals a severe viewpoint on past and current impositions of homogenous thoughts of affection. The e-book invitations the reader to an in-depth exam of the opportunity of Christian love and its specific associations for the advance of private 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 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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3–18. Moreover, the Swedish exegete Birger Olsson also points to the considerable overlap between the different Greek words for love. Cf. Birger Olsson, Johannesbreven. Kommentar till Nya Testamentet (KNT) 19, Stockholm: ESF-förlaget, 2008, p. 232. 9 Engberg-Pedersen, pp. 15–17. 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.
30 A Theology of Love radically other, the human other, God’s mysterious creation project, and the otherness within my own self. g. 14 The advantage of this linguistic reduction consists in the implicit acknowledgement of the deeper connection between all forms and expressions of love. Its disadvantage lies in the loss of differentiation between the many forms and expressions. In any case, there is not the Christian praxis of love. Rather the Christian praxis of love has always been a pluriform phenomenon.
187–202. 73 Brümmer, The Model of Love, p. 156. 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.
A Theology of Love by Werner G. Jeanrond