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Being and Love: Schleiermacher, Aquinas and Augustine

Being and Love: Schleiermacher, Aquinas and Augustine This article makes the case for speaking not of divine “attributes” but of divine “names.” There are good scriptural grounds for advancing the thesis that love is not just another divine name, but the name which designates God's very nature, i.e. who God is. Schleiermacher made that case. This essay argues that “Love,” as a divine name, should be paired with “being” (which is also, for theologians like Augustine and Aquinas, a “biblical” name), since God does not “have” love or being, but is love and is “being itself.” http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modern Theology Wiley

Being and Love: Schleiermacher, Aquinas and Augustine

Modern Theology , Volume 34 (3) – Jan 1, 2018

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Wiley
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© 2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
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0266-7177
eISSN
1468-0025
DOI
10.1111/moth.12431
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Abstract

This article makes the case for speaking not of divine “attributes” but of divine “names.” There are good scriptural grounds for advancing the thesis that love is not just another divine name, but the name which designates God's very nature, i.e. who God is. Schleiermacher made that case. This essay argues that “Love,” as a divine name, should be paired with “being” (which is also, for theologians like Augustine and Aquinas, a “biblical” name), since God does not “have” love or being, but is love and is “being itself.”

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Modern TheologyWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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