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Love, Human And Divine

Love, Human And Divine

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Overview

Should we love God? Responsible theologians have said no. Should we love our neighbor? All Christians say yes, but they dispute what it means to do so. Should we love ourselves? Some Christians say it is sinful to do so, while others say it is the basis of virtue. Does the love of God have anything to do with loving our neighbor? Some Christians deny there is any real connection, while others say the two are in practice identical. And what is love? Offhanded answers are many, but extensive investigations are few. These questions introduce the central issues of this book.

I shall argue that the love of God must be the center of Christian life and theology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780878406272
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 04/01/2004
Series: Moral Traditions and Moral Arguments Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Edward Collins Vacek, SJ, is professor of moral theology at the Weston School of Theology.

What People are Saying About This

Lisa Sowle Cahill

Vacek surmounts today's debates in Catholic ethics. He overcomes the gap in Catholic tradition between human morality (natural law) and Christian morality by grounding Christian ethics in a spirituality. Vacek argues that the perfection of love is neither self-denial nor self-fulfillment, but personal friendship. He applies a sensitive, nuanced, and probing intelligence to the human experience of love.

Richard A. McCormick

Nothing in Christian ethics is more important than love. Edward Vacek reviews in masterly but readable fashion the many dimensions of this absolutely central notion. This book, based on broad and critical research, should be a standard reference for years to come.

From the Publisher

"Nothing in Christian ethics is more important than love. Edward Vacek reviews in masterly but readable fashion the many dimensions of this absolutely central notion. This book, based on broad and critical research, should be a standard reference for years to come."—Richard A. McCormick, SJ, formerly of the University of Notre Dame

"Vacek breaks through the polemics that have too often dominated twentieth-century discussions to a view of Christian love that is simultaneously humanistic and God-centered. Deeply informed both by reflection on the experience of love and by the vast literature about it, this book makes a creative contribution to a Christian ethic that achieves its fulfillment in friendship with God. An important achievement."—David Hollenbach, SJ, Margaret O'Brien Flatley Professor of Catholic Theology, Boston College

"Vacek has brought a breadth of experience and a depth of knowledge, theological and ethical, historical and contemporary, to this systematic new interpretation of Christian love. . . . scholarly, perceptive, clear and well-written."—Charles E. Curran, Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values, Southern Methodist University

"Vacek surmounts today's debates in Catholic ethics. He overcomes the gap in Catholic tradition between human morality (natural law) and Christian morality by grounding Christian ethics in a spirituality. Vacek argues that the perfection of love is neither self-denial nor self-fulfillment, but personal friendship. He applies a sensitive, nuanced, and probing intelligence to the human experience of love."—Lisa Sowle Cahill, professor of theology, Boston College

Charles E. Curran

Vacek has brought a breadth of experience and a depth of knowledge, theological and ethical, historical and contemporary, to this systematic new interpretation of Christian love. . . . scholarly, perceptive, clear and well-written.

David Hollenbach

Vacek breaks through the polemics that have too often dominated twentieth-century discussions to a view of Christian love that is simultaneously humanistic and God-centered. Deeply informed both by reflection on the experience of love and by the vast literature about it, this book makes a creative contribution to a Christian ethic that achieves its fulfillment in friendship with God. An important achievement.

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