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.
“Lindberg’s readable and enjoyable history is framed by an account of eros and agape.” (International Journal of Systematic Theology, 19 June 2015)"Overall, Lindberg offers a significant work, one which will be helpful for pastors, seminarians, graduate students, and interested lay people." (Lutheran Quaterly, 2011)
"Lindberg has written an excellent book that deserves a wide readership. Its vastness of scope is breathtaking and its selection of topics comprehensive.." (Reviews in Religion & Theology, 2010)
“Any scholar or general reader who wishes to grapple with the nature of love may find this book and its bibliography a fine place to start.” (The Catholic Historical Review, January 2009)
"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)
- 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.