The Gift of Love: Augustine, Jean-Luc Marion, and the Trinity

The Gift of Love: Augustine, Jean-Luc Marion, and the Trinity

by Andrew Staron


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The Gift of Love explores the intelligibility of Augustines claim that we come to know and encounter God in and through our love.

Building upon the discoveries of recent scholarship, Andrew Staron reads Augustine's De Trinitate not as presenting the Trinity as a concept to be grasped, but rather as a rational study of the limits of theological language and the possibility of coming to know the Trinity because of those limits. Human dependence on God's initiative indicates that the Trinitarian God of love is knowable only through attention to how God's self-revelation transforms and saves us. Therefore, to see God, one seeks to mark love's formative activity within the heart. Jean-Luc Marion's rigorous description of the gift of love offers to Augustine's theology a phenomenological texture by which the Trinitarian love given in revelation might be made incarnate in one's life. The Gift of Love presents a reason for hope that while coming to know "the Trinity that God is" might be impossible for human beings, it is made possible by God's antecedent gift of love, given in the missions Son and Holy Spirit, and iconically received in the particularity of ones own love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506423401
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2017
Series: Emerging Scholars
Pages: 438
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

Part I A Reading of De Trinitate

1 Language and Conversion Within the Limits of De Trinitae 3

2 Books 1-4: The Revelation of God in Salvation History 45

3 Books 5-7: Naming God 65

4 Books 8-15: The Gift of Love to the Image of God 97

Conclusion to Part One 131

Part II Jean-Luc Marion and the Question of the Unconditioned God

5 [For]giving Theology its Groundlessness 139

6 Marking Excess: The Saturated Phenomenon 163

7 The Impossible Gift 207

8 A Love that Bears All Things 235

9 Appraising the Gift of Love 269

Conclusion to Part Two 305

Part III Given in Worship

10 A Beginning Given in Advance 311

11 Praising the Trinity that God Is 349

Conclusion to Part Three 373

Bibliography 377

Index 401

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