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For the Love of God: Agape

Colin Grant
The Journal of Religious Ethics
Vol. 24, No. 1 (Spring, 1996), pp. 3-21
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40016679
Page Count: 19
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Abstract

Although Anders Nygren deserves a lot of the credit for launching the debate about the Christian understanding of love, his insistence on the distinctiveness of agape has been severely challenged by advocates for the sensuousness of eros and the mutuality of philia. The most serious challenge, however, may come from defenses of agape where the altruistic distinctiveness of the theological thrust is qualified by the claims of an ethical horizon. In spite of his disservice to eros and his neglect of philia, Nygren deserves to be heard in his insistence that agape is a unique concept, and that this uniqueness is due particularly to its theological source and reference.

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