By Werner G. Jeanrond
This booklet explores the various dimensions of Christian love. It argues that every one expressions of affection are wrestling with the problem of otherness and consequently with the adventure of transcendence. the advance of Christian strategies of affection is mentioned with specific connection with the several horizons and the diversity of techniques to like within the Bible, Augustine, medieval theology, Protestant agapetheology, Catholic ways to hope, and modern philosophy and sociology. The dialogue of the wealthy and infrequently problematical history of expressions of private, communal and spiritual love allows this examine to boost 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 severe viewpoint on earlier and current impositions of homogenous thoughts of affection. The publication 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 types 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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Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. (Deut. 4–6) In these verses, known as the Shema Israel (Deut. 4–5), as well as in their communicative context, the love relationship between God and 14 For a recent reassessment of the semantic potential of ‘charity’ as distinct from ‘love’ see Rowan Williams, Lost Icons: Reflections on Cultural Bereavement, London and New York: Continuum, 2000, pp. 65–115. 15 In this section I make use of some reflections previously published in my article ‘Biblical Challenges to a Theology of Love’, Biblical Interpretation 11 (2003), pp.
The question at stake at this point of our investigation, however, is whether emotion and attitude offer sufficient explanatory power for a comprehensive theology of love. It is interesting to note with Vincent Brümmer that ‘most of the comprehensive concepts of love developed within it [the Christian tradition] have been attitudinal rather than relational. 70 I agree with Brümmer that any reduction of love to the level of mere emotion would withdraw love from the horizon of commitment and responsibility and instead locate it in a horizon of arbitrariness and transience.
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. 72 Hence, our study will have to consider both within the larger horizon of the dynamics of love. Attitudes and emotions, attention and commitment, commandment and law, beneficence and gifts, devotion and admiration, and respect are among the ingredients that may enter into our experience of love.
A Theology of Love by Werner G. Jeanrond