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Christian love
Brady, Bernard V. (Bernard Vincent), 1957-
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : Georgetown University Press, [2003]

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xiii, 306 pages ; 26 cm
Love in the Old Testament : God's love and human loves -- Love in the New Testament : the great commandment -- Augustine : love God and all things in God -- Mystical love : union with God -- Troubadours and troubled romance -- Thomas Aquinas : friendship with God -- Martin Luther : the Christian is servant to all -- Christian love is sacrificial love -- Love activists -- Self-regard, other-regard, and mutuality -- Reflections on Christian love.
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Bernard Brady has given us a rare, delightful, and thought-provoking book-a volume that belongs on the desk or the bed-stand of anyone in search of the rich and varied dimensions of Christian love. Christians are taught that God is love and are commanded to love, their neighbors and their enemies. These truths are not controversial. What is controversial and, indeed, has been controversial throughout the history of Christianity is the *meaning* of this love. This book explores the tradition of Christian reflection on the meaning, and experience of love, loving, and being loved. 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, allowing the reader to engage directly with the thought and experience of some of the greatest Christian minds on the topic of love. Bernard Brady covers with remarkable clarity the breadth and depth of discussions on Christian love from the Bible to contemporary experience to create this-a survey of how Christians through the ages have understood love. Beginning of course with the Bible, Brady examines the key writings and thinkers on the na

Author Notes

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

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At the beginning of his concluding chapter, Brady (Univ. of St. Thomas) says that the fundamental purpose of his book is "to have the reader encounter the wealth of reflection on love in the Christian tradition." This book fulfills its purpose admirably. Brady begins with chapters on love in the Old Testament and the Great Commandment in the New Testament. He then elaborates the theology of love of Augustine, selected mystics and romantics, Thomas Aquinas, Luther, Kierkegaard, contemporary thinkers (such as, Nygren, Niebuhr, John Paul II, Toner, Outka, Gutierrez, D'Arcy, Farley, and Vacek), and activists (such as King and Mother Teresa). Brady's purpose is exposition rather than critical analysis. Not only is his presentation clear and his commentary penetrating, but his method is to let the various texts speak for themselves. Thus this book is also a key reference work on Christian love. Brady's impressive scholarship is immensely helpful. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers; upper-level undergraduates and above. J. M. Thompson Bellarmine University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgments and Permissionsp. xi
Chapter 1 Love in the Old Testament: God's Love and Human Lovesp. 1
Chapter 2 Love in the New Testament: The Great Commandmentp. 52
Chapter 3 Augustine: Love God and Love All Things in Godp. 77
Chapter 4 Mystical Love: Union with Godp. 125
Chapter 5 Troubadours and Troubled Romancep. 151
Chapter 6 Thomas Aquinas: Friendship with Godp. 164
Chapter 7 Martin Luther: The Christian Is Servant to Allp. 180
Chapter 8 Christian Love Is Sacrificial Lovep. 194
Chapter 9 Love Activistsp. 210
Chapter 10 Self-Regard, Other-Regard, and Mutualityp. 240
Chapter 11 Reflections on Christian Lovep. 265
Notesp. 275
Indexp. 300