Studies in Christian Ethics 22 (1):34-47 (2009)

Jennifer Herdt
Yale Divinity School
Hearers of the Sermon on the Mount are called to become children of their heavenly father by loving as God loves. Surprisingly, though, God's love is depicted here as impersonal and indiscriminate, as similar to or even simply as a force of nature, even if a life-giving force: God `makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust' (Matthew 5:45). Anders Nygren used this verse as core support for his dubious characterization of agape as `indifferent to value'. How should we hear it today?
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