Dancing in the Wild Spaces of Love (Currents in Reformational Thought)

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Dancing in the Wild Spaces of Love (Currents in Reformational Thought)

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In the twenty-first century, amid globalized violence, rising demagogues, and the climate emergency, contemporary philosophers and theologians have begun to debate a fundamental question: Is our reality the result of the overflowing, ever-present creativity of Love, or the symptom of a traumatic rupture at the heart of all things? Drawing on decades of research in postmodern philosophy and experience as a psychotherapist, James H. Olthuis wades into this discussion to propose a radical ontology of Love without metaphysics. In dialogue with philosophers like John D. Caputo, Slavoj Zizek, Luce Irigaray, and others, Olthuis explores issues from divine sovereignty and the problem of evil to trauma and social ethics. Experience in therapeutic work informs these investigations, rooting them in journeys with individuals on the path to healing. Olthuis makes the bold claim that while trauma, pain, and suffering are significant parts of our human lives, nevertheless Love is with us to the very end. Creation is a gift that comes with a call to make something of it ourselves, a risky task we must take on with the promise that Love will win. We are all dancing in the wild spaces of Love: ex amore, cum amore, ad amorem.

James H. Olthuis is professor (emeritus) of philosophical theology at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto. He has worked as a psychotherapist since 1982 and is the author of The Beautiful Risk: A New Psychology of Loving and Being Loved (2006).

ISBN: 9781666798036

ISBN-10: 9781666798036

Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers

Publication Date: 06/08/2022 - 12:00am

On Sale: 06/08/2022 - 12:00am

Pages: 294

Language: English


Biblical Studies - Exegesis & Hermeneutics

Psychotherapy - General