On 10 and 11 June 2021, research group BEST hopes to hold an online conference on the theme 'The Nature and Logic of God's Love'.
‘God is love’ is a central Biblical notion, but what does this ‘love’ mean and how does it function? Theological definitions of love have discerned aspects of intentionality, emotion, disposition, relation, vulnerability and suffering. The internal logic of love differs from a logic of power. Power often is a zero-sum game: the powerful wins what the powerless loses. Love, however, evokes more love; while a lack of love results in a loss for all. In a theological sense, love is both based in the beautiful order of creation, and fruit of the Spirit who renews people eschatologically. Meanwhile, the Bible testifies to the asymmetric relation in the game of love between the mighty, living God and his people. All these aspects raise the question anew: what is the logic of love?
Key Note Speakers:
Paul Nimmo (University of Aberdeen)
Manfred Oeming (Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg)
Ruben Zimmermann (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz)
You are cordially invited to submit an abstract for a paper presentation in a conference session. The Call for Papers is open until February 28th 2021.