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The Meaning of Love

Friday, May 06

Biola University Center for Christian Thought

This 2016 academic conference explored the meaning of love.


What is love?
What are the ethical implications of Jesus’s love commands?
What should be made of the Christian notion of enemy love?
What can be learned from recent scientific work on love about intentional practices likely to conduce to a loving character?
What light do ethical theories shed on the moral dimensions of love?
What is the relationship between love and justice?


Bennett Helm

Elijah E. Kresge Professor of Philosophy / Franklin & Marshall College

George Hunsinger

Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary

Frances Howard-Synder

Professor of Philosophy / Western Washington University

Thomas J. Oord

Theologian and author of The Nature of Love: A Theology and Defining Love: A Philosophical, Scientific, and Theological Engagement

Stephen G. Post

Director for the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics / Stony Brook University

Alan Tjeltveit

Professor of Psychology / Muhlenburg College

Lynn Underwood

Senior Research Associate, Inamori International Center for Ethics / Case Western Reserve University
Honorary Fellow / University of Liverpool, UK

Nicholas Wolterstorff

Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology, Yale University