Jonah Haddad and Douglas Groothuis / CRI
The word love is a staple of the English language. We “love” to speak of love, to reflect on love, and to enjoy love’s warmth. We write songs, poems, and books celebrating love’s overwhelming power. Yet the human obsession with love is by no means limited to poetic musings and sorrowful ballads. Love has found a place of great interest among philosophers, psychologists, and theologians.
The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) claimed that “there is something so ambiguous and suggestive about the word love, something that speaks to memory and hope, that even the lowest intelligence and coldest heart still feel something of the glimmer of this word.”1 Love is a sweet reality from which we cannot and would not easily escape.
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