- List of Contributors
- The Self and the Good Life
- Nationalism and Patriotism
- The Making of the Modern Metropolis
- The Other
- Freedom and Human Emancipation
- Work and Labour
- Suffering In Theology and Modern European Thought
- Nihilism and Theology: Who Stands at the Door?
- War and Peace
- Radical Philosophy and Political Theology
- Beauty and Sublimity
- Time and History
- The Metaphysics of Modernity
- The Bible
- Divine Providence
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter, which explores conceptions of love in modern European thought, first discusses premodern Christian thoughts on love and then moves on to Enlightenment thinking on love, which focuses on the human capacity to love. It considers three theologies of love – from Søren Kierkegaard, Anders Nygren, and Karl Barth – which have remained very influential in contemporary theology. The chapter also describes four approaches – from Friedrich Schleiermacher, Paul Tillich, Karl Rahner, and Pope Benedict XVI – that attempt to overcome the separation between divine and human love, and to explore the potential of human love within the dynamic and transformative divine–human network of love. It concludes by identifying seven among the emerging challenges to contemporary theologies of love.
Werner G. Jeanrond is Master of St Benet's Hall in the University of Oxford. He has previously taught systematic theology at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, Lund University, Sweden, and the University of Glasgow. His books and articles in theology and hermeneutics have been translated into many languages, including A Theology of Love (2010).
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