Love, Human and Divine: The Heart of Christian Ethics

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Georgetown University Press, 1 abr. 1994 - 336 páginas

Although the two great commandments to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves are central to Christianity, few theologians or spiritual writers have undertaken an extensive account of the meaning and forms of these loves. Most accounts, in fact, make love of God and love of self either impossible or immoral. Integrating these two commandments, Edward Vacek, SJ, develops an original account of love as the theological foundation for Christian ethics.

Vacek criticizes common understandings of agape, eros, and philia, examining the arguments of Aquinas, Nygren, Outka, Rahner, Scheler, and other theologians and philosophers. He defines love as an emotional, affirmative participation in the beloved's real and ideal goodness, and he extends this definition to the love between God and self. Vacek proposes that the heart of Christian moral life is loving cooperation with God in a mutually perfecting friendship.

 

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Christian Life
1
EMOTIONS AND VALUES
5
THE STRUCTURE OF EMOTION
11
CORRELATIVE OBJECTIVE VALUES
16
EXISTENTIAL PARTICIPATION
21
CONCLUSION
27
NOTES
28
Nature of Love
34
CONCLUSION
191
Selfrelating Actions
198
SOME SCRIPTURAL TEXTS
200
CONDEMNATION OF PURE AGAPE FOR GOD
201
EVALUATIONS OF SELFLOVE
205
SELFRELATED ACTIONS
208
EGOISM
215
ESSENTIAL INVOLVEMENT OF THE SELF
223

COMMON MISUNDERSTANDINGS OF LOVE
35
ACTIVE READINESS
41
INTENTIONAL MOVEMENT
42
AFFECTIVE PERCEPTION OF HIGHER VALUE
44
RECEPTION OF GOODNESS
49
AFFIRMING RESPONSE
54
LOVE AND FREEDOM
61
CONCLUSION
66
Participative Love
74
INTERPERSONAL LOVE
77
GROUP PARTICIPATION
80
CHRISTIAN GOD
87
CONCLUSION
106
Love of God as Foundation of Moral Life
116
GOD LOVES US
117
WE LOVE GOD
126
COOPERATIVE FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD
133
THE UNITY OF THE TWO COMMANDMENTS
141
CONCLUSION
149
NOTES
150
Agape
157
NYGREN ON AGAPE
158
AGAPE AS AN EMOTION
160
GOOD OF THE BELOVED
162
SELFLESS LOVE
179
OBJECTS OF AGAPE
188
GODS UNSELFLESS LOVE
228
INSUFFICIENCY OF PURELY SELFLESS AGAPE
231
CONCLUSION
233
Selflove
239
AGAPE FOR SELF
240
AQUINAS ON EROS
244
EROS
247
THEOLOGY OF SELFLOVE
258
FOR THE SAKE OFSELF NEIGHBOR GOD
264
CONCLUSION
273
Philia
280
PHILIA IN CHRISTIAN TRADITION
281
DISTINGUISHED BY MUTUALITY
284
PHILIA POSSESSES LOVES CHARACTERISTICS
295
SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS?
304
THE THREE LOVES IN HUMAN LIFE
308
CONCLUSION
312
Friendship with God
319
THE SUPERNATURAL REVISITED
320
DOCTRINAL IMPLICATIONS
322
A SIMPLE SUMMARY
325
CONCLUSION
328
Scripture Index
331
Author Index
335
Subject Index
339
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Página xiii - Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.

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

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