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Agape and Eros
Anders Nygren
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Agape and Eros

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Paperback, 764 pages
Published April 1st 1982 by University of Chicago Press (first published 1930)
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David Bickel
This classic documents how the Agapē motif, the core of the Christian message, was obscured by Plato's Eros motif in the dark ages and how Agapē was recovered by the Lutheran Reformation.

The only real disappointments are (1) that its treatment of the Old Testament falls short of that of the New Testament and (2) that it fails to emphasize the intra-Trinitarian Agapē as the foundation of all Agapē, as Law and Gospel and the Means of Grace draws out of the Johannine literature.

While Nygren's trea
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are as bothered as I am by some Theology of Worship writings that describe music as the primary way of 'leading people to the prescence' of God, this book will put things back in perspective. Why is so much Christian music focused on creating 'erotic' feelings that make us feel like we are getting closer to God? Can you not get closer to God without the right feelings? Nygren talks about 'aural lubricant'. (Erotic enough yet) When did music become so central to some worship practices that ...more
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was quite a tome, and heavily theological in content, but it was worth the effort. Never before have I seen so clearly what fundamentally separates Catholic from Protestant Christianity. It was simple, almost deceptively so. Getting through the history and cross-pollination of competing love-motifs was occasionally taxing (although certainly an invitation to read early Church literature), but revisiting Luther was a revelation. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this to the average reader. It's ...more
J. Ewbank
This book is a classic and a foundational book for all serious Christian students. An excellent study of these two words that are so basic to Christianity.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb source for grasping Christian theology from St Paul to Martin Luther
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