A Theology of Love by Werner G. Jeanrond

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 accordingly with the event of transcendence. the advance of Christian recommendations of affection is mentioned with specific connection with the several horizons and the range of methods to like within the Bible, Augustine, medieval theology, Protestant agapetheology, Catholic ways to wish, and modern philosophy and sociology. The dialogue of the wealthy and sometimes troublesome background of expressions of non-public, communal and non secular love permits this research to improve a severe and confident theology of Christian love for our time. This ebook demonstrates the range within the Christian culture of affection and therefore bargains a serious point of view on earlier and current impositions of homogenous innovations 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 conventional 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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First of all, biblical love has a history. 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.

41 Not unlike the biblical myth of paradise, this vision of erotic love is looking back to a once-existing wholeness before the ‘Fall’ as a result of divine punishment. The future of this love desires the wholeness of the past. In the same dialogue Socrates, recalling a conversation with Diotima, describes love’s status between the mortal and the immortal. Eros appears as a mediator between the gods and the humans in charge of promoting and maintaining the relationality of the whole. 45 Diotima refers to pregnancy not only in body, but also in mind, both of them present in the desire to give birth and reproduce.

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.

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