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  1. Love

  2. “I love chocolate ice cream” • “I’m totally in love with her.” • “I love you, Grandma.” • “All you need is love.” • “Does Bella love Edward or Jacob?” • “Seniors who go on Kairos always seem to come back loving each other.” • “Love your neighbor as yourself.” • “My dog shows me love when I come home from school.” • “If you loved me you would tell me the truth” • “There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.”

  3. “Love” in English is inadequate for explaining the different kinds of love • People often say “love” when they mean something else • “love connection”=sexual encounter • “loving” a sport=really interested in it • “in love”=intense feeling, passion • “loving” Fridays=happiness, gratitude • God “loves” me=?

  4. The Four Loves • The Four Loves • C.S. Lewis (who also wrote The Chronicles of Narnia) distinguished four meanings in Greek for the word “love • storgê • philia • eros • agapê

  5. Storgê • Storgêis the Greek word for “affection.” • It refers to natural affection, such as the love one feels for a family member • “I love my mother”

  6. Philia • Philia is the Greek word for friendship • Refers to love or loyalty between friends (non-sexual in nature) • However, one can have philiafor family members… • “My sister is my best friend” • …lovers and spouses can have philia for each other • …and one can have philiafor one’s team, school, community, or a favorite activity. • Unfortunately, philia has also taken on a negative psychological connotation • Bibliophilia: the love of books, but also… • Pedophile, the“love” of children

  7. Eros • Eros usually refers to passionate love, with sensual desire and longing. • The Greek god of love was Eros. • The English word “erotic” comes from eros • Eros involves feeling something for someone that is more than philia. • Eros can also mean an appreciation of beauty

  8. Agapê • Agapê means “love” in modern Greek • S’agapo= “I love you” • Agapê is used in the New Testament to refer to God’s love for the world, or Christ’s love • John 3: 16 “For God so loved the world…” • Matthew 5 “Love your enemies…” • Agapê is unconditional, self-sacrificing, volitional, active, thoughtful love

  9. Love one another • In Christian morality, the kind of love we are called to have for each other is agapêlove • Agapê is perfect love, the way God loves. • However, this does not mean that the other types of love are “less than” or “wrong.” They are human and therefore good. • But to be fully human, made in the image and likeness of God, we must strive for agapêin our relationships with ourselves, God, and others.

  10. Review • “I love chocolate ice cream” • philia • “I’m totally in love with her.” • eros • “I love you, Grandma.” • storge • “All you need is love.” • agape • “Does Bella love Edward or Jacob?” • philia &eros • “Seniors who go on Kairos always seem to come back loving each other.” • agape

  11. Review • “My dog shows me love when I come home from school.” • storge • “Love your neighbor as yourself.” • agape • “If you loved me you would tell me the truth” • philia • “There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.” • agape