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 as a result with the adventure of transcendence. the advance of Christian strategies 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 techniques to hope, and modern philosophy and sociology. The dialogue of the wealthy and sometimes tricky history of expressions of non-public, communal and non secular love permits this learn to increase a serious and positive theology of Christian love for our time. This e-book demonstrates the variety within the Christian culture of affection and therefore bargains a serious viewpoint on earlier and current impositions of homogenous innovations of affection. The ebook invitations the reader to an in-depth exam of the possibility of Christian love and its specific associations for the advance of private and communal varieties 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 potential for each lady, guy and baby to give a contribution to the transformative praxis of affection in church and society.

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William Klassen, ‘Love (NT and Early Jewish)’, in The Anchor Bible Dictionary, vol. 4, op. , pp. 381–96, here p. 381. 21 Cf. T. , Encyclopedia of the Early Church, trans. , 1992, pp. 506–7. 22 Mayes, Deuteronomy, p. 211, interprets this phrase as ‘synonymous with love’. 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.

Upon closer inspection, they reveal many layers including the interests of respective communities to profile different approaches to Christian mission and leadership. For a more detailed discussion see Michael Goulder, St. Paul versus St. Peter: A Tale of Two Missions, Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1995, pp. 8–15. 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.

782–4. 12 See Werner G. Jeanrond, Text and Interpretation as Categories of Theological Thinking, trans. Thomas J. Wilson, Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, and New York: Crossroad, 1988; reprint: Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2005, pp. 73–128; and Jeanrond, Theological Hermeneutics: Development and Significance, London: SCM, 1994, pp. 78–92. 13 For a brief overview of the significance of love in different religious traditions see J. , The Encyclopedia of Religion, vol. 9, New York: Macmillan, 1987, pp.

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