By Werner G. Jeanrond
This publication explores the several dimensions of Christian love. It argues that each one expressions of affection are wrestling with the problem of otherness and for that reason with the adventure of transcendence. the advance of Christian suggestions 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 methods to hope, and modern philosophy and sociology. The dialogue of the wealthy and infrequently not easy history of expressions of non-public, communal and non secular love permits this learn to enhance a severe and positive theology of Christian love for our time. This e-book demonstrates the variety within the Christian culture of affection and therefore deals a serious standpoint on prior and current impositions of homogenous ideas of affection. The booklet invitations the reader to an in-depth exam of the possibility of Christian love and its specific associations for the improvement of private and communal kinds of Christian discipleship. the normal 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 opportunity of each girl, guy and baby to give a contribution to the transformative praxis of affection in church and society.
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53 We shall have to return both to Augustine’s and to Nygren’s theology of love at a number of occasions in this book and in greater detail below in chapters 3 and 5 respectively. However, already at this point of our reflections, it might be useful to underline that Nygren was not critical as such of the sexual expression of human love. Instead his critique was directed against the erotic conviction that human beings could ever reach God through their own desire, mystical contemplation, ascent or action.
David Pellauer, in Werner G. Jeanrond and Jennifer L. Rike, eds, Radical Pluralism and Truth: David Tracy and the Hermeneutics of Religion, New York: Crossroad, 1991, pp. 187–202. 73 Brümmer, The Model of Love, p. 156. Horizons of Love 23 Hence, the purpose of this study cannot be comprehensive. Rather the aim of this book is to reflect upon the potential of love from within a theological horizon. Both significant traditions and ruptures in the development of Christian discourses on love and contemporary contributions to the theological discussion of love shall be studied and explored here.
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. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother in need and yet refuses help? 16–17) The Johannine approach to love evolves around an intensification of love that aims to strengthen the community from within.
A Theology of Love by Werner G. Jeanrond