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Love: A Brief History Through Western Christianity

ISBN: 978-0-470-69577-7
208 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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3,000 years of ideas about the nature of love in Western culture are brought together in this concise history. By blending the works of many scholars and examining the significant lives, works, and movements associated with love, Love: A Brief History Through Western Christianity traces the evolution and impact of this timeless topic.

  • Takes the reader on a lightning but enlightening journey through 3,000 years of the idea of love
  • Examines the influential movements, people, and work that have helped shape our notion of love in Western culture, written by a key figure in religious history
  • Tackles the historical and religious concept in Western society, and our efforts to apply ideas of love to social concerns
  • Explores diverse periods and examples – from the theological and philosophical texts of figures such as Augustine, Luther, and Feuerbach to intellectual movements like Romanticism and tragic historic figures such as Abelard and Heloise
  • Contributes valuable insights into one of history’s most inexhaustible and timeless topics, spanning biblical views of love including monasticism and pietism, romantic notions of love, through to today’s liberal religion and concept of love as self-fulfillment.
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Preface.

1. The Language of Love.

2. Biblical Views of Love.

3. A World Without Love? The Greco-Roman World and Early Christianity.

4. Caritas: The Augustinian Synthesis of Biblical Agape and Hellenistic Eros.

5. Love and the Individual: Abelard and Bernard.

6. Mystics and Troubadours.

7. Faith Formed by Love: Scholasticism.

8. Faith Active in Love: Reformation.

9. Love as Service: Pietism and the Diaconal Movements.

10. Love in the Modern World.

Conclusion: Concluding Unscientific Postscript.

Bibliography.

Index

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Carter Lindberg is Professor Emeritus of Church History at Boston University School of Theology. He is the author of numerous books, including A Brief History of Christianity (2005), The Pietist Theologians (2004), The Reformation Theologians (2001), and The European Reformations (1995), all published by Wiley-Blackwell.
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  • Takes the reader on a lightning but enlightening journey through 3,000 years of the idea of love
  • Examines the influential movements, people, and work that have helped shape our notion of love in Western culture, written by a key figure in religious history
  • Tackles the historical and religious concept in Western society, and our efforts to apply ideas of love to social concerns
  • Explores diverse periods and examples – from the theological and philosophical texts of figures such as Augustine, Luther, and Feuerbach to intellectual movements like Romanticism and tragic historic figures such as Abelard and Heloise
  • Contributes valuable insights into one of history’s most inexhaustible and timeless topics, spanning biblical views of love including monasticism and pietism, romantic notions of love, through to today’s liberal religion and concept of love as self-fulfillment.
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"Overall, Lindberg offers a significant work, one which will be helpful for pastors, seminarians, graduate students, and interested lay people." (Lutheran Quaterly, 2011)

"A wonderful overview of the ways in which the theme of love has been presented and reflected upon from biblical times to the late 20th century." (Church Times, November 2008)

"This book is doubly impressive, both for covering so much material so expertly in such a short space and also for doing it with such elegant prose."
Paul Rorem, Princeton Theological Seminary

"I didn’t think there was anything new to say about ‘love’, but Professor Lindberg’s history of love is wonderfully refreshing. He draws judiciously on a vast and varied treasure of fact and theory – including erotic, neighbourly and religious love – to portray a dynamic, multi-dimensional phenomenon; ever changing and reaching out for new connections in all kinds of ways."
Trond Skard Dokka, University of Norway

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