By Carter Lindberg

3,000 years of principles in regards to the nature of affection in Western tradition are introduced jointly during this concise background. by way of mixing the works of many students and analyzing the numerous lives, works, and activities linked to love, Love: a quick historical past via Western Christianity strains the evolution and influence of this undying subject.
Takes the reader on a lightning yet enlightening trip via 3,000 years of the assumption of love
Examines the influential pursuits, humans, and paintings that experience contributed to shaping our proposal of affection in Western tradition, written by means of a key determine in spiritual history
Tackles the historic and non secular suggestion in Western society, and our efforts to use principles of affection to social concerns
Explores various classes and examples – from the theological and philosophical texts of figures resembling Augustine, Luther, and Feuerbach to highbrow events like Romanticism and tragic historical figures similar to Abelard and Heloise
Contributes important insights into one among history’s so much inexhaustible and undying subject matters, spanning biblical perspectives of affection together with monasticism and pietism, romantic notions of affection, via to today’s liberal faith and idea of affection as self-fulfillment.

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Augustine, bishop of Hippo (354–430). St. 315–386), bishop of Jerusalem, sold liturgical art to provide food for the poor. Riquet cites Ambrose: ‘‘The goods of the Church are the patrimony of the poor. ’’ It was common in the early centuries to follow the worship service with what we might today call a potluck meal. Significantly, for our discussion, it was called a love feast, an agape meal. Some of the aspersions that Romans cast on Christianity focused on the agape meal with claims that it was an occasion for immorality.

It is frequently expressed in injunctions to righteous relationships; love and justice are interwoven. The Psalms, for example, continually present the intimate relationship of love and law, love and righteousness: ‘‘O Lord, I love the house in which you dwell, and the place where your glory abides’’ (Ps. 26:8); ‘‘He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord’’ (Ps. 33:5); ‘‘As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me’’ (Ps. 40:17); ‘‘For God will save Zion .

Jenni states: ‘‘In contrast to the NT, the commandment remains limited to the ‘compatriot’ . . and does not yet comprehend the whole ethic of communal behavior as a governing principle, as is already the case in the first part of the double commandment of love (Deut. ’’ The love relationship between God and Israel established by the deliverance from bondage in Egypt forms the repeated theme of the Hebrew Bible. It is frequently expressed in injunctions to righteous relationships; love and justice are interwoven.

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