By Werner G. Jeanrond
This ebook explores different dimensions of Christian love. It argues that every one expressions of affection are wrestling with the problem of otherness and therefore with the adventure of transcendence. the advance of Christian suggestions of affection is mentioned with specific connection with the various horizons and the diversity of methods 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 infrequently complicated history of expressions of private, communal and non secular love allows this examine to boost a severe and confident theology of Christian love for our time. This booklet demonstrates the range within the Christian culture of affection and hence bargains a serious standpoint on prior and current impositions of homogenous options 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 non-public and communal varieties 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 reward of affection and the possibility of each girl, guy and baby to give a contribution to the transformative praxis of affection in church and society.
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41 Rather Paul points to concrete attitudes: Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. (1 Cor. 4–8a) Moreover, for Paul love is the central dimension of Christian discipleship and existence (cf. Gal. 6). Love draws the Christian into the truth.
20 The price for this restriction of connotations has been high, especially for later Christian readers of the Hebrew Bible through Greek. The reduction of a wider imagination of religious love that includes the erotic dimension of human relationality to a narrower imagination that wishes to understand religious references to love to be free from eros has contributed to the problematic rupture between eros and agape in the Christian theology of love. We shall have to return to this problem below and in the following chapters.
Biblical Challenges to a Theology of Love 37 Thus, according to John, there is no doubt that love is central to Christian discipleship, although the scope of love in John’s community differs considerably from other New Testament writings. The Johannine discourse on love centres on a particular Christian community’s own inner life — including the call to pay attention to those ‘brothers’ who require help and assistance. 39 Moreover, love and oneness are linked here in such a manner as to suggest that love is not so much the way to handle difference, conflict and otherness as a way of avoiding — if not perpetuating — all three.
A Theology of Love by Werner G. Jeanrond