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agape

(ă-ga′pā, a′gă-pā″) [Gr. agapē, love]
Unselfish, unconditional love for another, without sexual or romantic feelings.
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This book is significant for its methodological conversation with the life sciences, for its analysis of the current state of Catholic ethics, for its retrieval of aspects of the Thomistic notion of ordered love, for its suspicions of the disembodied and denatured self that underlies some theories of Christian love, and for its appreciation of the importance of familial love especially on the parent-child axis.
The friar's misuse of Christian love, however, is not the whole of the story Shakespeare is telling us on the subject.
In his conclusion, McDonagh demonstrates that Christian love is the basis for action in pursuit of social justice.
One way to bridge the gap between Pauline anathemas and Christian love is to declare that a homosexual orientation is acceptable so long as it doesn't lead to homosexual acts.
Every moment of her entire existence was a real testimony of Christian love and faith, lived concretely and with joy in everyday life: as a young girl, as a fiancee and wife, as a mother and doctor.
Likewise, she argues that the same rule held true for blacks faced with "white enemy others," a case in point being her detailed analysis of Sojourner Truth's transition from slavery, dependence, and hatred of the white master class to freedom, independence, and embrace of a greater identity built on universal Christian love, a development traceable through her narratives and dreams.
Love as equal regard and mutuality, not self-sacrifice, is the goal of Christian love.
In the former, without compromising what he considered to be at the heart of the gospel, the Incarnation, Luther counsels that the Jews should "first be suckled with milk," that "one [should] deal gently with them and instruct them from Scripture; then some of them may come along," and "we must be guided in our dealings with them not by papal law but by the law of Christian love.
Meanwhile, those resolved to respond first as Christians will continually wonder how to live out Christian love of neighbor within overlapping roles such as employee, passport-holder, family member, office holder.
These include Christian love for the innocents who will be defended by war, defense of sovereignty by prevention of injustice in light of a supreme emergency that puts a way of life at risk, or even by way of a coldhearted utilitarian calculus.
What this portrait offers is an inside glimpse of the vision, drive, hopes, dreams, and frustrations of those who labored so many years to make the search for the sons of Ishmael into a pilgrimage of Christian love.
Yet the Left has typically held the statement and the appeal of this principle of Christian love in suspicion.

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