By Werner G. Jeanrond
This ebook explores the various 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 strategies of affection is mentioned with specific connection with the several horizons and the range 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 sometimes tricky history of expressions of non-public, communal and non secular love allows this research to improve a severe and optimistic 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 earlier and current impositions of homogenous suggestions of affection. The e-book invitations the reader to an in-depth exam of the potential for Christian love and its specific associations for the advance of private and communal kinds 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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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). Biblical Challenges to a Theology of Love 35 event — notwithstanding whether or not it is dominical. 21). e. 31 The coming of God’s reign will be promoted through love, not through the preservation of established religious tradition. e. the Gospel of John and the three Letters of John, the ‘others’ refer to members of this particular Christian community.
Tracing the development of a theology of love throughout different biblical contexts and traditions 42 Klassen, ‘Love (NT and Early Jewish)’, op. , p. 392. On Paul’s understanding of living transformed by the Spirit, see Ulrich Wilckens, Der Brief an die Römer, 2. Teilband: Röm 6–11, EKK VI/2, Zurich, Einsiedeln and Cologne: Benziger, and Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag, 1980, pp. 68–72. 43 A Theology of Love 40 can make the contemporary reader aware of the variety of communal and personal expressions of love as well as of the connection between the commandments to love God, to love the other human being, and to love oneself in the right way.
E. 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.
A Theology of Love by Werner G. Jeanrond