What are your ideas about love? Is love an overwhelming romantic feeling? Can it be a decision or a duty? Can you fall out of love? Have you wished for a better understanding of the love of God? Can friends love each other? What about families and our love for them? In English, we use the same word for all these feelings … love …. but the Greeks have different words for these feelings of love and each has its different distinctions. Do you want to learn more? Then please join me in my read-along of C.S. Lewis’ The Four Loves for the month of June!
C.S. Lewis is best known for his Chronicles of Narnia books, but in his time he was more respected as a professor and expert in medieval and renaissance literature and for his theological works. The Four Loves is based on radio talks that Lewis gave on the BBC in 1958 where he explored these different kinds of love: Storge (family affection), Philia (friendship), Eros (romantic love) and Agape or Charity (God love). They are the only audio talks that remain of Lewis.
As for a schedule, I thought I’d go with this:
June 1 – 7 Chapters 1 & 2 Introduction & Liking and Loves …..
June 8 – 15 Chapter 3 Affection
June 16 – 21 Chapter 4 Friendship
June 22 – 30 Chapters 5 & 6 Eros & Charity
Fortunately, it’s a rather short book comprising of approximately 180 pages so the reading commitment will be more than manageable. I’ll try to compile posts for each week for discussion but if plans go sideways you can always return to this post to comment with your thoughts.
So if you’d like to join me, you’d be very welcome as we navigate the waters of these four important and necessary types of love!