David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
How should we interpret the declaration in I John 4:8 and 16 that God not only loves, but is love? Many philosophically trained Christians will no doubt interpret this, as I do, to mean that love is part of God's very essence; that loving kindness is an essential, not merely an accidental, property of God. Of course the author of I John was not a philosopher and did not, fortunately, employ philosophical jargon in his writings; nor was he likely even familiar with the philosophical distinction between essential and accidental properties. He nonetheless seems clearly to employ "God" as a proper name (as opposed to a title), the name of a distinct person whom we ought to adore and worship, and he says concerning this person that he is love. The point, then, hardly seems to be that the person who is God just happens to love us, as if it were a happy accident that he does; the point seems to be that it is his very nature to love us. In a broadly logical (or metaphysical) sense, it couldn't have been otherwise.1 That this is, at the very least, a natural interpretation seems indisputable. Commenting upon I John 4:8, the conservative New Testament scholar, Leon Morris, thus writes: God is love. This means more than `God is loving'. It means that God's essential nature is love. He loves, so to speak, not because he finds objects worthy of His love, but because it is His nature to love. His love for us depends not on what we are, but on what He is. He loves us because He is that kind of God
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Stephen David Ross (2010). Self Love. International Studies in Philosophy Monograph Series:129-152.
Edward Collins Vacek (1996). Love, Christian and Diverse: A Response to Colin Grant. Journal of Religious Ethics 24 (1):29-34.
Charles Billingsley (2009). God Laughs: And Other Surprising Things You Never Knew About Him. Regal Books.
Elmer L. Towns (2009). God Laughs: And Other Surprising Things You Never Knew About Him. Regal Books.
Simon May (2011). Love: A History. Yale University Press.
Simon May (2011). Love: A Secret History. Yale University Press.
Daniel Howard-Snyder & Frances Howard-Snyder (1993). The Christian Theodicist's Appeal to Love. Religious Studies 29 (2):185 - 192.
John Wilson (1995). Love Between Equals: A Philosophical Study of Love and Sexual Relationships. St. Martin's Press.
Paul Moyaert (2000). Mysticism. Ethical Perspectives 7 (4):269-278.
Sr Mary Bernard Curran (2009). Malebranche on Disinterestedness. Philosophy and Theology 21 (1/2):27-41.
Pritam Sen (1995). God's Love in Upanishad Philosophies. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
John Lippitt (2012). Kierkegaard and the Problem of Special Relationships: Ferreira, Krishek and the 'God Filter'. [REVIEW] International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 72 (3):177-197.
Marie-Agnès Gaudrat (1992). What is God Like? Liturgical Press.
Troy A. Jollimore (2011). Love's Vision. Princeton University Press.
Added to index2011-04-24
Total downloads33 ( #125,849 of 1,911,917 )
Recent downloads (6 months)12 ( #50,729 of 1,911,917 )
How can I increase my downloads?