Christian Love

Christian Love

by Bernard V Brady

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Overview

A survey of how Christians through the ages have understood love. Beginning with the Old Testament, Brady examines the key resources and thinkers of the tradition: Scripture, St. Augustine, mystics such as Bernard of Clarirvaux, Hadewich, and Julian of Norwich, the great literature of courtly love, Thomas Acquinas, Martin Luther, Soren Kierkegaard, and others. In addition, Brady devotes chapters to several 20th century figures whose lives embodied Christian love: Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., Pope John Paul II, and Reinhold Niebuhr. Finally, Brady addresses the current debate over the meaning of love, analyzing contemporary writers such as Martin D'Arcy, Margaret Farley, and Don Browning. In a stirring concluding chapter Brady offers his own understanding of the substance of Christian love, suggesting that it is an affective affirmation of another, that it is both responsive and unitive, and that it is steadfast and enduring.

Many books have been written about Christian love. But no book has gathered together this kind of primary source material and covered such a wide range of perspectives.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626162501
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 03/07/2003
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 595,170
Product dimensions: 7.01(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Bernard V. Brady is a professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas and the author of The Moral Bond of Community: Justice and Discourse in Christian Morality.

Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgments and Permisssions

1 Love in the Old Testament: God's Love and Human Loves

2 Love in the New Testament: The Great Commandment

3 Augustine: Love God and Love All Things in God

4 Mystical Love: Union with God

5 Troubadours and Troubled Romance

6 Thomas Aquinas: Friendship with God

7 Martin Luther: The Christian Is Servant to All

8 Christian Love Is Sacrificial Love

9 Love Activists

10 Self-Regard, Other-Regard, and Mutuality

11 Reflections on Christian Love

NotesIndex

What People are Saying About This

Stephen J. Pope

This a fine collection of representative writings from the most important figures in the history of Christian love, as well as a helpful collection of contemporary approaches to this central topic in theology. Bernard Brady has done a valuable service to the field in making these fundamental resources readily available for students and faculty alike.

From the Publisher

"With a judicious use of secondary sources and penetrating personal commentary, Bernard V. Brady introduces the reader to the major texts dealing with Christian love from the Scriptures through all the periods of church history down to the present. Students and teachers alike will learn much from the work of this very talented pedagogue."—Charles E. Curran, Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values at Southern Methodist University and author of Catholic Social Teaching 1891-Present

"This a fine collection of representative writings from the most important figures in the history of Christian love, as well as a helpful collection of contemporary approaches to this central topic in theology. Bernard Brady has done a valuable service to the field in making these fundamental resources readily available for students and faculty alike."—Stephen J. Pope, chair, Theology Department, Boston College

"'I love, therefore I am.' With these words Bernard Brady begins a remarkable journey through the history of Christian love, and an able guide he is! Starting with love's presentation in the scriptures, Brady introduces us to Augustine, Bernard of Clairvaux, Abelard and Heloise, Julian of Norwich, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, Soren Kierkegaard, and other major writers in the Christian tradition of love. Carefully researched and engagingly written, Brady's book will become a treasured resource for anyone wanting to explore how Christians have thought about love. Most importantly, Brady shows why the universal human vocation must be the vocation to love."—Paul J. Wadell, St. Norbert College

Charles E. Curran

With a judicious use of secondary sources and penetrating personal commentary, Bernard V. Brady introduces the reader to the major texts dealing with Christian love from the Scriptures through all the periods of church history down to the present. Students and teachers alike will learn much from the work of this very talented pedagogue.

Paul J. Wadell

'I love, therefore I am.' With these words Bernard Brady begins a remarkable journey through the history of Christian love, and an able guide he is! Starting with love's presentation in the scriptures, Brady introduces us to Augustine, Bernard of Clairvaux, Abelard and Heloise, Julian of Norwich, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, Soren Kierkegaard, and other major writers in the Christian tradition of love. Carefully researched and engagingly written, Brady's book will become a treasured resource for anyone wanting to explore how Christians have thought about love. Most importantly, Brady shows why the universal human vocation must be the vocation to love.

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