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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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While the authors no doubt believe that what unites them as Palestinians under occupation is more salient than the difference between Christian and Muslim or religious and secular perspectives, the Kairos Document contains a distinct message of nonviolent resistance based on Christian love.
So, Kierkegaard proposes Kjerlighed, Christian love, love as a duty out of respect to the Divine Word of God (You shall love); love which is an act of life, of giving in and care for other men.
In his conclusion, McDonagh demonstrates that Christian love is the basis for action in pursuit of social justice.
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.
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.
Not only does it contain the famous platitudes on Christian love that have made Hallmark a bundle ("Love is patient, love is kind"), it has its fair share of authentic first-century Pauline theology--the fact that it's a homophobic and misogynist theology only shows that the Bible is as much a human document as a divine one.
Yet the Left has typically held the statement and the appeal of this principle of Christian love in suspicion.
The mission of the church is marked by Christian love (John 13:34).
He is remembered as a the public prophet of agape love, who taught his foot soldiers to turn the other cheek and to embrace the cardinal principles of Christian love, which demand that one loves his enemy.

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