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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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Marshall is left to ponder "if the real work of the civil rights movement was not interracial sex." For him, agape love is pure idealism, certainly "not sufficient." He concludes:
The ideas that are most often expressed in theology textbooks and commentaries are that there is a special kind of agape love, that it is akin to how God loves, and that it is not emotional.
The great tragedy in our teaching, our churches, and the way we live out our Christian lives is that because of our wrong view of the nature of agape love we have often pursued a belief system, a world view, and a list of dos and don'ts rather than pursuing a new heart.
In the next three chapters, he traces the development of Christian agape love toward others as a novel concept in the ancient world.
Whereas pagan public health isolated the afflicted socially and physically during times of epidemic plague, Christians witnessed to their pagan neighbors their belief in agape love, to their pagan neighbors, through their self-sacrifice for victims.
I applaud those who work diligently, out of the celebrity limelight, with the love of Jesus in those foreign lands Webb speaks about, but our "neighbors" are sometimes not far from our front doors and deserve the hands-on agape love of Jesus as well as any in far-off lands.
The Spirit calls the body into being, and we will learn next week that agape love is the gift that must be the hallmark of the whole and the common gift of each of the individual members.
Stories of people who find the deeper meaning of agape love resonate deeply within our culture.
I was hoping Claudette would straighten me out but instead she ratchets up my confusion by offering, "Oh, you mean like agape love." Feeling like a real undergraduate in the subject of love, I admitted my ignorance.
The term "gift of self" has become synonymous in Catholic circles with agape love.
Finally, this issue was galvanized by the considerable influence of Marie Hoffman, whose psychoanalytic acumen and writing is appreciated by principals in the psychoanalytic community and whose passion for psychoanalysis and agape love is contagious.
For example, Miller (2000) has noted the critical role of the Christian concept of agape love in the change process, as related to the active MI component of expressed empathy (Miller & Rollnick, 2002).