Mystery of Love
Online Synchronous (10 weeks)
This module forms part of the ARU MAs and are open to all MA students as part of their degree.
Course Leader: Dr Christoph Schneider
Date: Thursdays 1st Oct–3rd Dec 2020, 3–5.30pm
This ecumenical postgraduate module analyses some of the most sophisticated critiques of Christian love and explores how theology can respond. It investigates the philosophical and theological features of love from the pre-Christian era up to the twenty-first century. The module will explore the relationship between agapē, erōs and philia, how Christian theology deals with the tension between preferential love (erotic love, friendship) and the demand for universal love (neighbour love), whether reciprocity is an intrinsic part of Christian love, or the highest form of love is unilateral, whether love is a virtue that needs to be acquired and what the relationship is between different models of love and metaphysics (especially the relationship between nature/creation and grace).