Love is a key theme in augustine perhaps the key theme in this consideration of augustines treatment of self denying love schlabach religion and history bluffton coll counters the traditional interpretation of anders nygren builds on the work of john burnaby and oliver odonovan and considers the question of feminism critiquing his own mennonite tradition with regard to the self . Gerald w schlabach for the joy set before us augustine and self denying love notre dame university of notre dame press 2001 pp xxiv 266 40 this book offers a fresh interpretation of augustines thought from a mennonite perspective. They amplify what schlabach states earlier self denial is not a good in itself and self sacrifice is not a freestanding duty if christ himself endured the cross for the joy that was set before him then even his own supremely sacrificial act looked with longing toward the telos of mutual love he had. For the joy set before us augustine and self denying love by gerald w schlabach age old debates over self love and self denial continue in the christian community many regard self love as incompatible with the self sacrifice of christ others especially feminists and liberation theologians contest the notion that self sacrifice is the test . Get this from a library for the joy set before us augustine and self denying love gerald schlabach
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