Love That Satisfies: Reflections on Eros and Agape

Overview

Building on the legacy of Pope John Paul II, it is significant that the first encyclical letter of Pope Benedict XVI is dedicated to the topic God is Love. The Holy Father demonstrates that it is agape, the self-sacrificial love of God that empowers romantic love, eros, with life-giving and meaningful existence. In The Love That Satisfies, Christopher West draws from the Pope s letter a series of insightful and inspiring reflections on the nature of eros, agape, and the relationship between the two. He shows that...

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Overview

Building on the legacy of Pope John Paul II, it is significant that the first encyclical letter of Pope Benedict XVI is dedicated to the topic God is Love. The Holy Father demonstrates that it is agape, the self-sacrificial love of God that empowers romantic love, eros, with life-giving and meaningful existence. In The Love That Satisfies, Christopher West draws from the Pope s letter a series of insightful and inspiring reflections on the nature of eros, agape, and the relationship between the two. He shows that it is through recognizing and embracing the beauty of God s self-sacrificial love that a person is able to truly be satisfied. In uniting the love of God to the love of spouse, the nuptial bond is fulfilled. Perhaps even more profound is the reality that God and the Bridegroom of the Church has a personal love for his Bride that may certainly be called eros (Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est, n. 9).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934217139
  • Publisher: Ascension Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Pages: 167
  • Sales rank: 1,288,920
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


Abbreviations     vi
Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     1
Encountering God Who Is Love     9
Distinguishing True Love from Its Counterfeits     25
Unity of Body and Soul     41
True Eros     59
The Meeting of Eros and Agape     75
God's Eros     91
The Purpose of Eros     111
Union and Eucharist     123
The Journey of Love     139
Index     159
About the Author     167
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