By Werner G. Jeanrond
This booklet explores the several dimensions of Christian love. It argues that every one expressions of affection are wrestling with the problem of otherness and for this reason with the event of transcendence. the improvement of Christian recommendations of affection is mentioned with specific connection with the several horizons and the diversity of ways 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 tricky historical past of expressions of non-public, communal and non secular love allows this examine to strengthen a severe and confident theology of Christian love for our time. This publication demonstrates the variety within the Christian culture of affection and therefore deals a serious point of view on past and current impositions of homogenous ideas 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 sorts 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 present 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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Biblical Challenges to a Theology of Love 33 Love of God and love of neighbour thus belong together. Although they need to be distinguished, they must not be separated. For women, men, and children to love God demands openness to God’s creative project, letting oneself be drawn into this project and to follow its rules and wisdom, respecting God’s divinity, accepting God’s otherness, desiring to know more about God, and longing for an always intensifying closeness to God. According to the Synoptic Gospels, Jesus’ praxis of love is also naturally anchored in this covenantal understanding.
There is agreement on the divine origin of the gift of love and on the potential that love has for the development of a Jewish and a Christian praxis. Although the Christian understanding of God’s relationship to the world in Christ opens up an ethos marked by attention to love, there is a shifting horizon within this attention to love that raises pressing questions and concerns. Is love to inspire only the relationship between the Christian community and God or does it even concern the relationship between Christians and non-Christians?
31 Cf. Jeanrond, Theological Hermeneutics, p. 178. 33 ‘As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 9–10). e. 34 Love, then, is a commandment to work for unity and harmony within the parameters of this community. With regard to the second dimension, it is important for the author to show that love has to do with self-sacrifice on behalf of the others within the same community. We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us — and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.
A Theology of Love by Werner G. Jeanrond