Sunday, March 07, 2010

Law of Love

I came across this quote from Tillich over the last few days and it strikes me as being quite profound and at the very least gives a new insight into the ideal of 'Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself':

"The law of love is the ultimate law because it is the negation of law; it is absolute because it concerns everything concrete ... The absolutism of love is its power to go into the concrete situation, to discover what is demanded by the predicament of the concrete to which it turns. Therefore, love can never become fanatical in a fight for the absolute, or cynical under the impact of the relative."
Paul Tillish, Sytematic Theology, vol 1, p.152

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