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Love Disconsoled : Meditations on Christian Charity - Timothy P. Jackson

Love Disconsoled

Meditations on Christian Charity

Hardcover Published: 30th June 2010
ISBN: 9780521554930
Number Of Pages: 272

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Few concepts are more central to ethics than love, but none is more subject to false consolation. This book explores several theological, philosophical, and literary accounts of love, focusing on how it relates to matters such as self-interest and self-sacrifice, and invulnerability and immortality. Timothy Jackson first considers key aspects of what the Bible says about love, then he further examines the meaning of love and sacrifice through a close reading of novels by Fitzgerald and Hemingway. Lastly, he evaluates how love constrains, and is constrained by, other traditional moral concepts. Throughout, Jackson defends the moral priority of what the Christian tradition calls 'agape'. He argues that a proper understanding of agapic love rejects both moral relativism and the comfort of believing that good people cannot be harmed, or that God causally necessitates every historical action and event. When love is thus disconsoled, it neither fears death nor despises life.

List of figures
Biblical keys to love
Back to the garden or into the night
The five loves
Love, abomination and liberation
The disconsolation of love
Is Isaac our neighbour?
Love on the cross
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ISBN: 9780521554930
ISBN-10: 0521554934
Series: Cambridge Studies in Religion and Critical Thought
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 30th June 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.57