4-4-08 notes - What is Love

4-4-08 notes - What is Love - Theo 215 notes 4/4/08 What is...

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Theo 215 notes 4/4/08 What is Love? Assigned reading: Theo 215 Christian Morality Spring 2008 Wojda C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves Introduction (pp. 1-9) Likings and Loves for the Sub-Human (pp. 10-29) With Lewis' book we turn to the final major concept of the semester, love, and in doing so to a consideration of perhaps most familiar—doubtless the most important—element of Christian morality. Christians have long understood love to be close to the heart, if not the heart, of the moral life. Christians are to love others, and are enabled to do so because of God's prevenient love for them. 1 But what is love? "God is love" is one answer to that question, albeit a highly ambiguous and maybe not altogether helpful answer. It is the answer that opens Lewis' book, however, and as you will see, it is as tricky a response for him as for anybody. Read the introduction carefully . Our first goal will be to understand the basic principles and assumptions that inform the entire book. Lewis explains in the introduction why he wrote this book and what he thought it was going to be about. He tells us he had to change his mind. Before you begin : 1. Compose a paragraph or two describing and defining "love" from your own perspective. On what do you base your understanding of love? (Experience? What others have told you? Books? etc.) Love: hard to define due to its vast applications. Love for your family, Love for a significant other (along with the misconception of love), all the way to love for your country, love for a particular song, love for a sport, etc. Granted, the usage has the common meaning that it is something close to one’s heart, but its exact definition is difficult to understand. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The four loves: Affection : fondness through familiarity, especially between family members or people who have otherwise found themselves together by chance. It is described as the most natural, emotive, and widely diffused of loves: natural in that it is present without coercion; emotive because it is the result of fondness due to familiarity; and most widely diffused because it pays the least attention to those characteristics deemed "valuable" or worthy of love and, as a result, is able to transcend most discriminating factors. Ironically, its strength, however, is what makes it vulnerable. Affection has the appearance of being "built-in" or "ready
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