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Love: A Brief History Through Western Christianity (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion)by Carter Lindberg
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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.
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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)
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.
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
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.
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