Love: A Short Summary

Love

Measurable expressions of unconditional behaviors.

It’s an overwhelming relentless story of the redemption of life, love and faith. The beautiful struggle of an intense journey of reconciliation can only leave everyone involved irrevocably changed. There is no other option. Truth is the only reality.

Much love.

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Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • Nathalie A

    i’ve been thinking about youe definition of love: measurable expressions of unconditional behaviors. how does this definition set love apart from any other emotion/principle/action/commitment, etc?

    for example, hate/hatred can be defined as a measureable expression of unconditional behavior. what is that unconditional behavior. the definition, the statement of unconditional behavior is not specific enough.
    one can unconditionally hate another in measurable ways.

    there is something else missing in this definition. love is unconditional. love is truth. love exist with another. not of its own. look at God: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In Genesis 1:26, God says “Let US make man in OUR image, in OUR likeness. love exists in the plural, that is to love another. 1 Corinthian 13:1-13 give us a better idea of love. Love is good. God is love.

    I’m not exactly sure what is missing, but I often felt that this definition of unconditional behaviors was not enough, that it is on the right track, but something substantive is missing. one can practice an unconditional behavior of hate, jealousy, kindness, courage, this is just about commitment, the unconditional part. however jealousy or anger are not the same as compassion and trust.

    So what is love? and how is it different from hate/evil?
    Could love exist without hate? is it a matter of opposites?
    light and dark, tall and short, sweet and sour?

    love is the unconditional behavior/commitment to uphold another’s good always even when it may cause us pain.

    someone else said it this way:
    Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active verb like “struggle.” To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way she or he is, right here and now–and to go on caring even through times that may bring us pain.–

    i think this is where you are going with love and illustrated in your book.
    that the seemingly seperate camps of the lgbtqia community and the conservative christian community would be able to love each other, striving to accept each other exactly the way that person is, right here and now and to go on caring-in unconditional measureable ways- even through times that may cause us pain- like God/Jesus did for us.

    i’m beginning to capture a glimmer of God’s love for us…

    let me know what you think?

    nathalie

    • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

      Very true! I do think that definition can also include a number of other emotions. But for the sake of simplicity and something that is easy to remember, that definition, when placed with love, makes sense. So therefore I think that specific definition is dependent upon the emotion/action it is being placed after. I have written in my book about my more thorough understanding of love, but I feel the brief summary in the post gets to the general heart of it.


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