The Science and Theology of Godly Love
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Northern Illinois University Press
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M a t t h e w t . L e e , M a r g a r e t M . P o L o M a , T_he topics of religious experience and benevolence are endlessly fasci-nating and complex by themselves, but when they are combined, the complexity of the subject matter increases exponentially. T_he authors have been studying these topics for decades, from scientif_ic, theological, ...
Part I—Theology and Godly Love
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Two—Agape, Self-Sacrifice, and Mutuality
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Three—Imago Dei and Kenosis
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Co.scn.sct.scr.sci.scb.scu.sct.sci.sco.scn.scs.sc o.scf.sc Ch.scr.sci.scs.sct.sco.scl.sco.scg.scy.sc t.sco.sc t.sch.sce.sc st.scu.scd.scy.sc o.scf.sc Go.scd.scl.scy.sc Lo.scv.sce.scT_he concept of Godly love as def_ined in the introduction of this book leads to the hypothesis that human perceptions of divine love motivate persons to act in loving ways for the Other in works of social benevolence. ...
Four—Violence and Nonviolence in Conceptualizations of Godly Love
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...“What is God like?” . . . T_here are things only God may do. One of them is to use violence. . . . For the sake of the peace of God’s good creation, we can and must af_f_irm this divine anger and this divine violence. . . . God’s violence, if it is to be worthy of God who “is love” (1 John 4:8), must be an aspect of God’s love. . . . If peace is what we are af_ter, then a critique of the religious legitimation of ...
Five—Testing Creaturely Love and God’s Causal Role
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Two largely unanswered questions reside at the heart of theological and sci-entif_ic research on love. T_he f_irst—and more typically scientif_ic—has to do with measuring love: how should love be measured? T_his chapter attempts to answer this question and of_fers general measuring domains scientists might use to pursue research on creaturely love. T_hese three domains are ...
Part II—Social Science and Godly Love
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Six—Methodological Agnosticism for the Social Sciences?
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Seven—Godly Love from the Perspective of Psychology
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T_he concept of Godly love suggests that love f_lows from a perceived God to people, who then pass that love to each other.1 As shown in this volume, members of diverse disciplines have their own unique perspectives to contribute to this area of study. T_he aim of this chapter is to provide an overview of some concepts and methodology that would be relevant to the ...
Eight—Sociology, Philosophy, and the Empirical Study of Godly Love
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...“In the triangle of love between ourselves, God and other people, is found the secret of existence, and the best foretaste, I suspect, that we can have on earth of T_he question may be asked, “What does “God” or “love” have to do with sociology?” T_he epigraph by samuel M. shoemaker, an episcopal priest and leader of the Oxford Group, whose spiritual principles were built into ...
Nine—Socialization, Empirical Studies, and Godly Love
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A Ca.scs.sce.sc st.scu.scd.scy.sc i.scn.sc su.scr.scv.sce.scy.sc re.scs.sce.sca.scr.scc.sch.scT_his chapter is situated at the interface of theology and social science. It is written by a theologian who uses empirical research methods within the discourse of theology, but who also uses social science theory to inform that discourse. In other words, while the overall approach is driven by the ...
Ten—Toward a Grounded Theory of Godly Love
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La.sct.sci.scn.sco.sc/a.sc Pe.scn.sct.sce.scc.sco.scs.sct.sca.scl.scs.scT_his chapter of_fers two case studies of Latino/a pentecostal organizations as “exemplars” of Godly love, both viewing their ministries as extensions of their desire to extend God’s love to the world. T_hese two organizations of_fer us divergent views of how Latino/a pentecostals operate in terms of ...
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T_his volume attempts to break new ground in two interrelated ways. T_he-matically, its focus has been on the new and emerging f_ield of Godly love. Methodologically, it has sought to capture some of the energy devoted to bridging theology and the social sciences in the study of Godly love. T_he following set of concluding ref_lections focuses particularly on the ...
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Publication Year: 2012