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Love and Christian Ethics: Tradition, Theory, and Society
edited by Frederick V. Simmons
contributions by John Hare, Michael J. Ferreira, Edward Collins Vacek, John P. Reeder Jr., Margaret A. Farley, Edmund N. Santurri, Frederick V. Simmons, Stephen J. Pope, Timothy P. Jackson, Cathleen Kaveny, Mark D. Jordan, Emilie M. Townes, Holmes Rolston III, Eric Gregory, Ronald M. Green, John Kelsay, William Werpehowski, Frederick V. Simmons, Thomas W. Ogletree, Terence Irwin, Oliver O'Donovan and Jean Porter
with Brian C. Sorrells
Georgetown University Press, 2016
eISBN: 978-1-62616-368-3 | Cloth: 978-1-62616-366-9 | Paper: 978-1-62616-367-6
Library of Congress Classification BV4639.L663 2016
Dewey Decimal Classification 241.4


At the heart of Christian ethics is the biblical commandment to love God and to love one's neighbor as oneself. But what is the meaning of love? Scholars have wrestled with this question since the recording of the Christian gospels, and in recent decades teachers and students of Christian ethics have engaged in vigorous debates about appropriate interpretations and implications of this critical norm.

In Love and Christian Ethics, nearly two dozen leading experts analyze and assess the meaning of love from a wide range of perspectives. Chapters are organized into three areas: influential sources and exponents of Western Christian thought about the ethical significance of love, perennial theoretical questions attending that consideration, and the implications of Christian love for important social realities. Contributors bring a richness of thought and experience to deliver unprecedentedly broad and rigorous analysis of this central tenet of Christian ethics and faith. William Werpehowski provides an afterword on future trajectories for this research. Love and Christian Ethics is sure to become a benchmark resource in the field.

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