Love of a God of Love: Towards a Transformation of the Philosophy of Religion by Hugo StrandbergLove of a God of Love: Towards a Transformation of the Philosophy of Religion by Hugo Strandberg

Love of a God of Love: Towards a Transformation of the Philosophy of Religion

byHugo Strandberg

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Traditionally, religious belief has in the philosophy of religion been understood along more orless epistemological lines. Love of a God of Love develops another understanding of belief, where the moralconcept of love is central. In this context, what isdistinctive about the concept of love is that it is both the "what" and the "how" of belief: forthe one who loves a God of love, the concept of love characterizes both the content side andthe act side of the belief. In that respect, this understanding of religious belief makes itpossible to avoid certain formalist difficulties, arising when the "what" and the "how" ofbelief are sharply distinguished.
Dr. Hugo Strandberg is Lecturer in theDepartment of Philosophy at ¿bo Akademi University, Finland.His previous publications are Escaping My Responsibility: Investigations into the Nature of Morality(Peter Lang, 2009) and The Possibility of Discussion: Relativism, Truth andCriticism of Religious Beliefs (Ashgate, 2006).
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Title:Love of a God of Love: Towards a Transformation of the Philosophy of ReligionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:March 28, 2013Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Formalism and negativism 2. The sources of theology 3. Phillips and the idea of a contemplative philosophy 4. Love of a God of love 5. Freedom and choice 6. Togetherness and community 7. The miraculous 8. Nature 9. The negative miracle 10. Arguing, thinking Bibliography

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"Religious belief concerns a relation of love and this love is a love of a God of love. Through the theme of love Strandberg works out a philosophy of religion which does not understand religious belief hypothetically and evidentially. Faith is a relation and an existential endeavor primarily involving oneself. Strandberg is an original and serious thinker. His book presents an important alternative in the ongoing reflection upon what belief is and even more so, how to believe. I recommend this book to all those who appreciate perceptive and engaging thinking." -- Catharina Stenqvist, Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Lund University, Sweden