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God is love

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This chapter opens with a discussion on Dante and Boethius. It presents lines from Dante's Divina Commedia, and a quotation from Boethius. Love, according to Boethius, is a cosmogonic Eros, not only ruling heaven and earth and seas, but also working in man as social sense and public spirit and, moreover, as the instinct of procreation by which "marriage rites are tied" and friendship is instigated among males. Very much the same concept is to be found in the contemporary of Boethius, Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, On the Divine Names, IV, 11-18. The passage in Dionysius is one of the most daring and delightful of Greek literature. According to Nygren only a Christian could know what love and love divine really is. The chapter further talks about the Chaldaean Oracles, the Fourth Gospel and Eros-Agapè.

Keywords: Boethius; Chaldaean Oracles; Dante; Divina Commedia; Eros-Agapè; Fourth Gospel; Greek literature; love; Nygren

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