The Four Loves
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My small group just finished up studying the Four Loves a few months ago. We had some pretty interesting discussions since all of us come from drastically different backgrounds and our different viewpoints on agape and eros.
How about you all? Have you read it? What was the most poignant part of the book? Anything in particular that you agreed or disagreed on?
Have a great Friday,
In my opinion, the best paragraph in The Four Loves is:
"There is no escape along the lines St. Augustine suggests. Nor along any other lines. There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket--safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell."
This month we are reading The Shack and I can't get into it. I am told it gets better. I hope so. So far it is a giant yawn. It's not even that old, I thought, or enough old to warrant a second look. I should have gone to the last meeting and objected on those grounds alone. (We choose by consensus, one month at a time, and I have noticed that I can wield some influence...)
I was unable to jump in and offer The Four Loves and more the loss since we next meet on Nov. 22, the 50th anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis, scarcely mentioned at the time for reasons of a world-class assassination that Friday. Instead we will be reading another genre we seem to have missed -- short stories. These in a book called Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You. Not a bad choice, but not C. S. Lewis. Perhaps the next time I will ask for some C.S. Lewis.
Can we please revive this group? I've read most CSL non-fiction, and would love to discuss. The 4 Loves is one of the more difficult for me, and remains only partially read, even though I keep hoping to better understand what Jesus meant by caritas, and if the Christians and Romans understood it.
Can you clarify?
Welcome back to the group, please come back soon and often. Could you comment on your favorite Lewis books? My favorites are: Mere Christianity, The Great Divorce (why did he use this title for a book about heaven), Surprise by Joy, The Pilgrim's Regress, more.