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Complete summary of Anders Nygren’s Agape and Eros. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Agape and Eros. Agape and Eros has 26 ratings and 4 reviews. David said: This classic documents how the Agapē motif, the core of the Christian message, was obscured by P. Anders Nygren, Agape and Eros. William Werpehowski. In Gilbert Meilaender & William Werpehowski (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics. Oxford .

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An Augustinian must agree that ultimately the source of all love is God. However, he argues, this is not a truly Christian synthesis, given the origins and nature of eros. Nygren’s work has been described as ‘probably the most influential Protestant account of love in the twentieth century’. It would, indeed, be a serious misunderstanding to think, whenever Luther speaks of faith, immediately of our empirical psychical znders.

He has nothing of his own to give. Nygren also traces the historical roots of what he perceives to be the loss of this concept of agape.

Agape and Eros

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If that is the case, and the duties of agape themselves are only coherent within a larger teleology, then the question of priority and derivation is moot.

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Nygren argues that eros is an egocentric and acquisitive kind of love, needs-based and desire-based. The Reformationtherefore, was hugely important because it inspired Martin Luther to expose the fallacy of the caritas synthesis, and made clear again the properly Christian conception of love, namely pure agape.

Kevin rated it liked it Nov 02, Randall Wiebe marked it as to-read Oct 23, SPCK,one volume. Southern Illinois UP, 36, For the Greek terms, see Greek words for love. Erotic enough yet When did music become so central to some worship practices that it even overshadows preaching.

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Aggape Plato to Dante. They are categorical in the sense of logical necessity, for they are implicit in every assertion we make, already affirmed in the utterance of any proposition.

Books with missing cover. Why was this so difficult for Nygren to recognize?

It considers some major themes on their own terms and whether those terms can bear the fullness of the Gospel vision to which Nygren would be faithful, in an effort eeros bring forth something of the power and the limits of this classic in Christian ethics. Wherever Nygren discerned the eros motif, he ferreted it out by pointing to tell-tale evidence of acquisitive love, self-interest, and self-love.


Anders Nygren, Agape and Eros

He argues that from St. Nygren argues that most medieval theology of nygreh was based around this attempt at a caritas -synthesis. Von rated it it was amazing Mar 03, Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. This book abd a classic and a foundational book for all serious Christian students. Southern Illinois UP, What should I do? Agape and Eros by Anders Nygren. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice.

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