Defining Love: A Philosophical, Scientific, and Theological Engagement; and The Nature of Love: A Theology

American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 32 (3):276-281 (2011)
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Abstract

These two remarkable books, both published in 2010, share many themes but differ in significant ways, and each is very much worth reading and pondering. Oord’s The Nature of Love concentrates primarily on conceptual and theological themes relating to the very nature of love itself and what influential theologians have had to say about love. His Defining Love focuses on how the social and physical sciences impact our understanding of human and divine love. Both books presuppose and express many themes that are prominent in process theology such as: freedom is universally present (by degrees) in all creatures, especially us; predestination is abhorrent and untenable; God exists necessarily and everlastingly but not ..

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Rem B. Edwards
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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