Lecture 7 - RELIGIOUS STUDIES 90A Professor Niklaus Largier...

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RELIGIOUS STUDIES 90A Professor Niklaus Largier 09/17/09 Lecture 07 ASUC Lecture Notes Online is the only authorized note-taking service at UC Berkeley. Do not share, copy or illegally distribute (electronically or otherwise) these notes. Our student-run program depends on your individual subscription for its continued existence. These notes are copyrighted by the University of California and are for your personal use only. D O N O T C O P Y Sharing or copying these notes is illegal and could end note taking for this course. LECTURE Summary of St. Thierry’s Text. Thierry starts with a discussion of the definition and development of love and gives a rather scholarly discussion of its origins while developing a model of the evolution of love. It’s a kind of anthropological model of individual development from youthful ardor when one is carried away to a more measured love as one grows up. He engages in social thinking about love in its diverse familial, social and natural forms. He turns to a description of a moment of love in the community as a form of realization of love. His model of love as it informs the monastic community is meant to apply to communities in general. It is very typical of the monastic tradition; he offers a vision where the community engages in an anticipation of eternal bliss through the love that is felt together. This is the promise that inspires Christianity. Through living together and practicing good works and the love he articulates, they gain a glimpse of the love they will feel in the afterlife in eternity. The love becomes something that informs everything they do in the monastery and grows stronger. It’s an intimation of the end of time and eternal bliss and eternal life and future glory. The monastic community realizes a foretaste of what is to come. When wrapped in prayer, as he says on page 163, monks can catch a fragrance of a new sweetness and foretaste of the beauty of eternal life. So the definition and description of the origins of the forms of love informs how the community produces a oneness. He says at the beginning of the text that the art of all arts is the art of love; it’s a teaching that belongs exclusively to God but that is a love also rooted in our natures, so nature is a teacher. Love as an Art. It’s important to understand that love is seen as an art. This is somewhat different from the modern view that may see love as subjective, and a psychological feeling that comes and goes; you get a crush and fall in love and love happens. For Thierry, love is something that one learns and can be taught. This is similar to Plato who sees love as part of an engagement with the self and the world. Love is a craft that you cultivate. Love is also exclusively with God and identified
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2010 for the course RELIGIOUS 21236 taught by Professor Largier during the Spring '10 term at UC Davis.

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Lecture 7 - RELIGIOUS STUDIES 90A Professor Niklaus Largier...

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