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Title: The compatability of self-love concept and the message of the gospel Jesus proclaimed as recorded in the New Testament texts : a challenge for greater relevance
Author: Otieno, Harrison Daniel
ISNI:       0000 0004 7660 3684
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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The general perception that the Christian message of the gospel[s] is about disinterested love raises many difficulties. This is because disinterested love at its core is the assumption that self-love is synonymous with selfishness, but self-love is not the same as selfishness. Contrary to this, the message of the Gospel embodied in the activities and the person of Jesus Christ focused on correct self-love. It is from this self-love that Jesus draws up the second command to love our neighbour as ourselves. To love one's neighbour self disinterestedly is an oxymoron. True neighbour love is conditioned by self-love. Aristotle contemplates self-love as legitimate and necessary for an individual and one is entitled to it. Augustine suggests that to love God who created is to love oneself, therefore self-love is loving God and it is common to all human beings. Kant subscribes to the idea of self-love by suggesting that we each have a duty to ourselves, such duty cannot be formed of our disinterestedness, but that duty to ourselves is the duty to love our selves. Adam Smith offers an everyday practice of self-love coached in the language of self-interest as dynamic economic law. Smith showed that in everyday life self-love is exercised by traders and customers each appealing to the self-love of the other in order to enter into exchange. Jesus in his activities and person demonstrates how God self-loves as Father who has the welfare of his children at heart. God has his interest in his children for his own sake and theirs. God cannot therefore be devoid of self-love, and Jesus is the dynamic equivalent of this God, relating to himself in self-love. Would be followers of Jesus each hear his messages appealing to their self-interest or self-love, calling for their attitudes in life to change.
Supervisor: Sedmak, Clemens ; Janz, Paul Dwight Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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