Friday 10 January 2014

Love, and service

I've never thought of connecting love and service - but that is exactly what Hans Urs von Balthasar is doing. Of course, the love he is talking about is the love of God, and the argument is that, since we are creatures, our love for God has the inner form of service. It cannot be otherwise, given the analogia entis, the infinite distance between God and us.

And then the concept might not be as new as it looks: it is probably related to Thomas Aquinas' debitum: the reverential service of God. Thomas certainly considered the natural virtue of religion as a species of the virtue of justice: giving to God what is God's due.

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