The Model of Love

A Study in Philosophical Theology

by Vincent Brummer;

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The Model of Love

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Religious believers understand the meaning of their lives and of the world in terms of the way these are related to God. The conceptual models whereby this relationship is described therefore play a key role in the conceptual designs which theologians produce to express the faith of the community of believers. Vincent Brummer examines the implications of using the model of love in this context and looks at a number of the most significant views of the nature of love: exclusive attention (Ortega y Gasset), ecstatic union (nuptial mysticism), passionate suffering (courtly love), need-love (Plato, Augustine), and gift-love (Nygren). All these views are shown to interpret love as an attitude rather than as a relation between persons. In the final chapters a relational concept of love is developed, and it is shown how all the various attitudes discussed in the previous chapters have a role to play. Finally, the implications are addressed of using the model of love as a key model in theology.

The Model of Love by Vincent Brummer was published by Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing) in December 2009. The ISBN for The Model of Love is 9780511621277.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatOnline resource
PublisherCambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing) (December 2009)
Product Code4491804
Page last updated 17th September 2017
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