Afterword: A Theology of Eros, After Transfiguring Passion

Catherine Keller

in Toward a Theology of Eros

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780823226351
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236718 | DOI:

Series: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia

Afterword: A Theology of Eros, After Transfiguring Passion

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“Theology” and “eros” are more or less co-originate Platonic notions. Yet theology as a work of Jewish and Christian hermeneutics arises from another matrix of love: agape, not eros, translated the Hebrew ahabah, inclusive of human and divine loves, transcendent and carnal, for the New Testament. Carnality and the incarnation—the various theologies of love do not readily love each other, we must admit, even when they lie together. And yet how often in the intervening centuries of Judaism and Christianity has the theologoumenon of God as Eros been named, the eros that is the divine desire for the creation, for the creature? A desire that would not be merely and primly for the sake of the other, but in some no less and no more imaginable sense, also for God's sake. Anders Nygren did not need to oppose any idea of God as eros—this possibility was not in play. Even such an adventurous theologian as Paul Tillich, contesting Nygren, affirmed only the human, not the divine eros.

Keywords: God; eros; theology; love; agape; incarnation; Anders Nygren; desire

Chapter.  3535 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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