The Model of Love: A Study in Philosophical Theology by Vincent BrümmerThe Model of Love: A Study in Philosophical Theology by Vincent Brümmer

The Model of Love: A Study in Philosophical Theology

byVincent Brümmer

Paperback | September 24, 1993

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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. How, Vincent BrÜmmer asks, does the model of love apply to this relationship? He shows that most views on love take it to be an attitude rather than a relationship: exclusive attention (Ortega y Gasset), ecstatic union (nuptial mysticism), passionate suffering (courtly love), need-love (Plato, Augustine) and gift-love (Nygren). In discussing the issues, BrÜmmer inquires what role these attitudes play within the love-relationship and examines the implications of using the model of love as a key paradigm in theology.
Title:The Model of Love: A Study in Philosophical TheologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:September 24, 1993Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:052144909X

ISBN - 13:9780521449090

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Choosing a Model; 1. Models and Metaphors; Part 2: Romantic Love; 2. Exclusive Attention; 3. Ecstatic Union; 4. Passionate Suffering; Part 3: Neighbourly Love; 5. Need-love; 6. Gift-love; Part 4: Love as a Relationship; 7. Relationships; 8. Breaking and Restoring Relationships; 9. The Attitudes 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. How does this model of love apply to this relationship? Brummer shows that most views on love take it to be an attitude rather than a relationship--exclusive attention, ecstatic union, passionate suffering, etc.--and examines the implications of using the model as a key paradigm.

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"Vincent BrÜ mmer's The Model of Love is a rewarding text which not only provides a clear and cogent discussion of theology as metaphorical language and systematic theology as a critical effort to develop an encompassing conceptual model but makes a persuasive case for BrÜ mmer's own key model, an understanding of love as a relation of fellowship between autonomous persons who freely choose to identify the interests or good of the other as their own good....BrÜ mmer's narrative is straight-forward and his language remains accessible despite his refusal to oversimplify complex philosophical issues. The book is both readable and rewarding to the reader. I highly recommend it." The Journal of Religion