The Model of Love
A Study in Philosophical Theology
By (author) Professor Vincent Brummer
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Model of Love by Professor Vincent Brummer
Book DescriptionReligious believers understand the meaning of their lives and of the world in terms of the way these are related to God. The conceptual models whereby this relationship is described therefore play a key role in the conceptual designs which theologians produce to express the faith of the community of believers. Vincent Brummer examines the implications of using the model of love in this context and looks at a number of the most significant views of the nature of love: exclusive attention (Ortega y Gasset), ecstatic union (nuptial mysticism), passionate suffering (courtly love), need-love (Plato, Augustine), and gift-love (Nygren). All these views are shown to interpret love as an attitude rather than as a relation between persons. In the final chapters a relational concept of love is developed, and it is shown how all the various attitudes discussed in the previous chapters have a role to play. Finally, the implications are addressed of using the model of love as a key model in theology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521449090
(216mm x 138mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 16-Sep-1993
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This short work, written by an influential philosopher of religion, shows how systematic theology is itself largely a philosophical enterprise.
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