Agape Love: Tradition In Eight World Religions
by Sir John Templeton
Templeton Press, 1999
eISBN: 978-1-890151-75-1 | Cloth: 978-1-890151-29-4
Library of Congress Classification BL626.4.T45 1999
Dewey Decimal Classification 291.5677
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The tradition of agape, or unconditional love, is not exclusive to any one religion. Actually, it is a major underlying principle found in religions worldwide. The concept of altruistic love is one that challenges the spiritual person to "love your enemies," or to "love without thought of return." It is a love that flows out to others in the form of compassion, kindness, tenderness, and charitable giving.
Buddhists have a path of compassion, where caring for others becomes the motivating force behind existence. Hindus have a branch of yoga, the heart-centered path, that leads to enlightenment through an overwhelming love for God that takes the form of loving all of humanity. Eastern religions, such as Taoism and Confucianism, see transcendent love as essential part of true wisdom.
The universal theme of love is found in all religious traditions, Buddhist, Christian, Islam, or others. As we begin realize that all religions have at their core this spiritual principle of love, we can develop a sense of common humanity. The religious tradition of agape love examined in this book will serve as an inspiration for those who are learning to grow in compassion and love for all people.
Introduction / 1
Judaism / 11
Christianity / 23
Islam / 35
Hinduism / 45
Buddhism / 59
Taoism / 69
Confucianism / 81
Native American Spirituality / 89
Concluding Thoughts / 99
References and Further Reading / 103
About the Author / 105