Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Nature of Love: a theology by Thomas Oord

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Chalice Press (April 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0827208286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0827208285

  • Here's the blurb:
    God is love. Consequently, shouldn t love exist at the center of Christian theology? When love is at the center, theology is understood differently than it has typically been understood.

    Some theologians have placed faith at the center, others God s sovereignty, still others-the Church, but Dr. Oord places the emphasis on love. God s love for us, revealed in Christ, in the Church, and in creation, and our love for God and others as ourselves must be afforded its rightful place.

    Beginning with the foundation of love is what differentiates the Christian faith from others...a loving God. Dr. Oord defines love as:

    To love is to act intentionally, in sympathetic/empathetic response to God and others, to promote overall well-being. 

    Is this not what has defined Christians throughout history?

    Thomas Jay Oord is a professor at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho. He is a theologian, philosopher, scholar of multidisciplinary studies, and the author or editor of a dozen books. 

    Thomas Jay Oord is a theologian, philosopher, and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies. He is the author or editor of about twenty books, and he is professor at Northwest Nazarene University, in Nampa, Idaho. Oord is known for his contributions to research on love, altruism, open and relational theology, issues in science and religion, Wesleyan/Holiness/Church of the Nazarene thought, New Evangelical theology, and postmodernism. He is or has been president of several scholarly societies. Oord blogs frequently at his website:

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