THE FOUR LOVES PDF
The Four Loves. by C. S. LEWIS That our affections kill us not, nor dye. DONNE Geoffrey Bles LONDON Printed in Great Britain by. Also by John C. Maxwell.. of the evening, as Steve and I were walking to our car, he said to me, “John, I bet That THE FOUR LOVES C. S. Lewis - Watch. The Four Loves was Lewis' look at some of the different loves described in Greek thought: (agape) in the light of Christian commentary on ordinate loves.
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Philosophical/theological monograph: a study of love. But the single English word "love" is used for several quite different things, as Professor Lewis demonstrates with his customary Title: The Four Loves PDF (tablet), olhon.info New Light on C. S. Lewis's The Four Loves" | The Undiscovered C. S. Lewis: New Thoughts and Directions in Lewis Studies, ed. Bruce R. Johnson (forthcoming). A repackaged edition of the revered author's classic work that examines the four types of human love: affection, friendship, erotic love, and the love of God.
We hear that God is love.
But how do we understand its work in our lives, its perils and rewards? Here, the incomparable C. Lewis examines human love in four forms: affection, the most basic, general, and emotive; friendship, the most rare, least jealous, and, in being freely chosen, perhaps the most profound; Eros, passionate love that can run counter to happiness and poses real danger; charity, the greatest, most spiritual, and least selfish.
Proper love is a risk, but to bar oneself from it—to deny love—is a damning choice. Love is a need and a gift; love brings joy and laughter.
Community Reviews Sign up or Log in to rate this book and submit a review. Great book! When I first tried to write this book I thought that his maxim would provide me with a very plain highroad through the whole subject.
I thought I should be able to say that human loves deserved to be called loves at all just in so far as they resembled that Love which is God. The first distinction I made was therefore between what I called Gift-love and Need-love. There was no doubt which was more like Love Himself.
It is the accurate reflection in consciousness of our actual nature. We are born helpless. As soon as we are fully conscious we discover loneliness. We need others physically, emotionally, intellectually; we need them if we are to know anything, even ourselves.
I was looking forward to writing some fairly easy panegyrics on the first sort of love and disparagements of the second. And much of what I was going to say still seems to me to be true. I still think that if all we mean by our love is a craving to be loved, we are in a very deplorable state.
But I would not now say with my master, MacDonald that if we mean only this craving we are mistaking for love something that is not love at all. I cannot now deny the name love to Need-love.
Every time I have tried to think the thing out along those lines I have ended in puzzles and contradictions. The reality is more complicated than I supposed. Of course language is not an infallible guide, but it contains, with all its defects, a good deal of stored insight and experience.
All other loves fall short of Agape, as Mr. Lewis states in this quote, 'The other loves prove that they are unworthy to take the place of god by the fact that they cannot even remain themselves and do what they promise to do without god's help.
By placing our faith in images we are placing faith in what is transient and temporary. Yet, the love that is immanent and transcendent of creation is all encompassing, therefore imageless, and thus beyond human conceptual understanding..
To understand love in all of its aspects we need both the images of affection, philios, and eros as well as the transcendent for the images are stepping stones on our way up to this feeling of all encompassing love.
Here, Mr. Lewis makes an important point about love when he states, 'To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken.
We shall draw nearer to God, not by trying to avoid the sufferings inherent in all loves, but by accepting them and offering them to him; throwing away all defensive armour.
Yet, we cannot become entranced by our love for the images of the love immanent and transcendent of creation, because they like we are merely temporary, here one day, gone the next.. Lewis concludes with this point, 'Only those into which love himself has entered will ascend to love himself.
We were made for god. Only by being in some respect like him, only by being a manifestation of his beauty, loving-kindness, wisdom or goodness, has any earthly beloved excited our love. Lewis compelled me to contemplate love in all of its different manifestations, and through this reflection, to see that love is much more complex than what we frequently assume it to be.
It is for these reasons that I consider this a classic read worth pondering. I read this book back in the s when I was a senior in High School, I wanted to read it again because I had enjoyed it so much. It was well worth reading again.
Later categorizes love into four topics based on the four different Greek words for love which are affection, friendship, eros, and charity. He is an academic, but he is also a Christian. The book is based on Christian beliefs and these beliefs are used to explain the topic of love. His writing style is wordy, yet it is easy enough to understand.
He explains well what the different loves are and how they are important in our lives. If you are looking for a book that focuses on erotic love or the "Hollywood movie " love, you are better to find another book that panders to that kind of audience. Love reading me some C. Lewis, and he's got some great insights in this book. Having it on Kindle was also really nice, since even though I've always been at an advanced reading level because I've been obsessed with reading since I was 4 , I definitely had to read through this slower to comprehend Lewis' often long-winded sentence structures, and being able to look up definitions at the tap of a finger undeniably made the read-through even quicker and more seamless.
I bought this version to read for a class since it was the cheapest option, and having the Chinese characters didn't hamper me in reading it at all, if anyone was concerned about that. I definitely can't say I agreed with absolutely everything Lewis writes in this book, but overall, it's an absolutely fantastic read that I would encourage everyone to take some time to devour at some point in their life.
I literally put a quote from this book on my arm, that's how much I believe in it. CS Lewis's ability to transcribe love as a core human emotion is elegant, his grasp of Christian theology, ethics, and even aestheticism makes this book well worth the read.
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The Four Loves
They seal up the very fountain for which they are thirsty. Our Gift-loves are really God-like; and among our Gift-loves those are most God-like which are most boundless and unwearied in giving. It is right there on the very first page of the chapter. Lewis had worked hard on it first for the radio and then for the printer, adding major new chapters and reworking old ones.