Contents

Preface ix

1 The Language of Love 1

2 Biblical Views of Love 19

3 A World Without Love? The Greco-Roman World and Early Christianity 36

4 Caritas: The Augustinian Synthesis of Biblical

Agape and Hellenistic Eros 51

5 Love and the Individual: Abelard and Bernard 66

6 Mystics and Troubadours 84

7 Faith Formed by Love: Scholasticism 103

8 Faith Active in Love: Reformation 118

9 Love as Service: Pietism and the Diaconal Movements 133

10 Love in the Modern World 146

Conclusion: Concluding Unscientific Postscript 168

Bibliography Index

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