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Love: A Brief History Through Western Christianity (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion)

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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.

Book News Annotation:

Lindberg (emeritus church history, Boston U.) summarizes some of the theoretical and practical approaches to love that have arisen in Western culture from early reflections in Greco-Roman culture to the present. He limits his consideration to Christianity, but even so much pare his references to such degree, he says, that no reader will come away without missing one or two favorite theologians or philosophers. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

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 Christianitytraces 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.

Synopsis:

Love in all its guises has been debated since the beginning of recorded history. Its fascinating evolution in Western culture is traced here in this concise history; one which spans the depth and complexity of this elusive topic.

By examining the significant lives, works, and movements associated with love, this enlightening little book contributes valuable insights into one of history’s most inexhaustible and timeless topics. From the theological and philosophical texts of figures such as Augustine, Luther, and Feuerbach to intellectual movements like Romanticism and tragic historic figures like Abelard and Heloise, Love: A Brief History Through Western Christianity propels the reader across 3,000 years of the idea of love.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780631235996
Author:
Lindberg, Carter
Publisher:
Blackwell Publishers
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Love
Subject:
Christian Life - General
Subject:
Christian Theology - Ethics
Subject:
Christian Life - Character & Values
Subject:
Christianity - History - Social Issues
Subject:
Love -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Subject:
Christianity-Church History General
Subject:
General & Introductory Religion & Theology
Subject:
Christianity - General
Subject:
General & Introduct
Subject:
ory Religion & Theology
Copyright:
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion
Publication Date:
May 2008
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
250 x 150 x 15 mm 24 oz

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » General
Religion » Christianity » Church History » General
Religion » Christianity » General
Religion » Christianity » Theology and Ethics
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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"Synopsis" by , 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 Christianitytraces 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.

"Synopsis" by , Love in all its guises has been debated since the beginning of recorded history. Its fascinating evolution in Western culture is traced here in this concise history; one which spans the depth and complexity of this elusive topic.

By examining the significant lives, works, and movements associated with love, this enlightening little book contributes valuable insights into one of history’s most inexhaustible and timeless topics. From the theological and philosophical texts of figures such as Augustine, Luther, and Feuerbach to intellectual movements like Romanticism and tragic historic figures like Abelard and Heloise, Love: A Brief History Through Western Christianity propels the reader across 3,000 years of the idea of love.

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