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Love as the core of the diaconal dimension of the church

dc.contributor.authorEurich, Johannesen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-16T08:09:42Z
dc.date.available2016-11-16T08:09:42Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.citationEurich, J. 2015. Love as the core of the diaconal dimension of the church. HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, 71(2):1-6, doi:10.4102/hts.v71i2.2778en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.issn0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.4102/hts.v71i2.2778
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/99863
dc.descriptionCITATION: Eurich, J. 2015. Love as the core of the diaconal dimension of the church. HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, 71(2):1-6, doi:10.4102/hts.v71i2.2778.en_ZA
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://www.hts.org.zaen_ZA
dc.descriptionPublication of this article was funded by the Stellenbosch University Open Access Fund.en_ZA
dc.description.abstractThis article will discuss different understandings of love. In particular, two modern perceptions of love will be differentiated: love as consisting of individual, often inconstant, emotions between human beings, and a Christian understanding of love, which is often expressed through caring for other members of the community. Aspects of Christian love will then be examined in ethical terms, emphasising the relevance of love for the diaconal dimension of the church. Before one is able to help one’s neighbour, one first has to be actively identified within the complex social structures of society. Next, the nature of diaconal action has to be defined and adapted to individuals who are in need, or who have become needy or been disadvantaged by society, for example, migrant workers, refugees or asylum seekers. A central aspect of diaconal action – in addition to meeting basic needs – lies in giving a voice to such individuals and in empowering them, including politically, to represent their own interests in public life.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://www.hts.org.za/index.php/HTS/article/view/2778
dc.format.extent6 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherAOSIS Publishingen_ZA
dc.subjectLoveen_ZA
dc.titleLove as the core of the diaconal dimension of the churchen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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