By Werner G. Jeanrond
This booklet explores the various dimensions of Christian love. It argues that each one expressions of affection are wrestling with the problem of otherness and therefore with the adventure of transcendence. the advance of Christian recommendations of affection is mentioned with specific connection with different horizons and the range of methods to like within the Bible, Augustine, medieval theology, Protestant agapetheology, Catholic ways to wish, and modern philosophy and sociology. The dialogue of the wealthy and infrequently problematical background of expressions of private, communal and non secular love permits this research to increase a severe and confident theology of Christian love for our time. This publication demonstrates the range within the Christian culture of affection and hence deals a serious point of view on earlier and current impositions of homogenous innovations of affection. The ebook 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 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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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.
1 Is there a natural cross-fertilization of all of these manifestations of and discourses on love? Moreover, God’s love cannot be restricted to the realm of the Christian churches. To what extent, then, can love be understood as the ultimate feature of Christian identity? Can love ever be free from ambiguities? Thirdly, within the Christian movement, love has had a tainted history. Love has been invoked in order to punish children, to persecute non-believers, heretics, and revolutionaries, to exclude and even burn women who dared to challenge the patriarchal order in church and society.
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. I do not intend to simplify or harmonize the theological study of love. Yet I do wish to present what I consider to be significant features of a relational understanding of the Christian praxis of love.
A Theology of Love by Werner G. Jeanrond