One of the Greek words for ‘love’ used in Scripture to distinguish its character from ‘eros’ which has more sensual associations. The word was used extensively in early Christian writings to express the love of God or Christ or the love of Christians for one another and was translated in Latin to ‘caritas’ and ‘charity’ in English. The term is also applied to the common religious meal which was in use in the early Church in close relation to the Eucharist.
A Greek word for love that is found frequently in the Christian Scriptures (New Testament) in noun form as " agape" and in verb form as " agapao." It is different from erotic love. It is supposed to be the characteristic attitude of Christians toward one another, (John 13:34), and toward all humanity, 1 Thessalonians. 3:12; 1 Corinthians 16:14; 2 Peter 1:7. Agnostic: a person who believes that, at our present level of knowledge, we cannot know whether or not a God exists. Some Agnostics believe that we can never know whether a deity exists.
The concept of mutual love. This concept of love is used for a variety of ideas, one being spiritual love, in direct contrast to Eros. From a Christian perspective, it is the love that caused God to send Christ to Earth to save us. Therefore, Agape is merciful love.
Greek word meaning love but distinct from erotic love or familial love. Important for Christians as it is that kind of unconditional love which they must show their neighbours. It is also important for Joseph Fletcher's Situation ethics which claims that moral decision making must centre around determining the most agape-loving thing to do in a situation.
Overflowing unconditional love for all, including adversaries, needed for nonviolent conflict-resolution. Dr. King called it “love in action…love seeking to preserve and create community…love which is purely spontaneous, unmotivated, groundless and creative.
AgapÄ“ ( or ) (Gk. Î±Î³Î¬Ï€Î· ), is one of several Greek words meaning love. The word has been used in different ways by a variety of contemporary and ancient sources, including Biblical authors. Many have thought that this word represents divine, unconditional, self-sacrificing, active, volitional, thoughtful love.