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Faith, Hope, Love by Josef Pieper
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Mar 23, 2012

it was amazing
Read from March 23 to May 05, 2012

Pieper is an outstanding linguist as he clearly defines with laser-precision the definition and meanings of words such as belief, hope, and love. His treatise on love is the best of all. Noteworthy is his dedicated resolve to challenge the notion that "eros" and "agape" are somehow mutually exclusive and opposed; rather, he marries these two expressions of love as being in unison under the all-encompassing "amor". Hence, "eros" is not evil as the Puritans and Freudians, among others, would have it, but it is right to say that a correct ordering of even self-love and love of another, in the erotic sense, is ordered toward and gives fuller expression to the love of God. In short, he argues against an emotionally detached way of "loving" God and neighbor. Charity is not aloof. Worth at least another two reads to try to really grasp what he's saying.
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