Item description for Free to Love: Paul's Defense of Christian Liberty in Galatians (Louvain Theological & Pastoral Monographs) by aJ. Buckel...
Paul's notion of Christian liberty must be understood within the context of love, God's love for humanity as manifested in the person of Jesus Christ and the believer's love for God and neighbor. The apostle informs the Christians under his care that hey have been freed from the enslavement of sin and death so that they might love more fully. By virtue of their union with the risen Lord, Christians are free to love, in the deepest sense of the word, God, others, and themselves. Archdiocese of Indianapolis and an alumnus of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He is currently Assistant Professor of New Testament exegesis at St. Meinrad School of Theology. He has lectured extensively on St. Paul throughout the United States (Peeters 1993)
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Studio: Peeters Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.9" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1993
Publisher David Brown
ISBN 9068314904 ISBN13 9789068314908
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Live Your Love - Now! Jan 1, 2002
As a non-theologian, and simply a Catholic layperson, I found this book helpful for deepening my appreciation of St. Paul, enfleshing and rounding my understanding of his personality, trials, and work; and solidifying the importance of agape love in Christian life.
The author systematically studies the positions of multiple New Testament scholars in explaining Paul's argument for justification through faith, rather than law. He passionately hammers home the message that it is not adherence to a set of rules which saves us from sins' bondage- but rather through our faith in Christ. As God showed ultimate love in giving Jesus to humanity, and Jesus demonstrated sacrificial love in giving Himself on the cross, now we are free to show love to God and others, as to ourselves.
While acknowledging that all in life is not pleasant, the author reminds us that suffering can "have meaning and value", but that "suffering and death do not have the last word". Freedom to love was given to Christians, for their happiness in this life, and the next. If the author's ultimate hope was that his writing draw the reader closer to Jesus Christ, that mission was accomplished. We can demonstrate our faith, through acts of unconditional love, starting today.