Deus caritas est
We were taught that "love" as in love of God, or an act of charity is a movement of the will, and not to be confused with any feeling per se. Certainly emotional feelings with the act of will is a okay. The Sammaratin is a good example as he acted and had no particular emotional love for the victim, as none was expressed in the parable.

(05-14-2012, 01:12 PM)Parmandur Wrote: Careful about the "care" analogy, that is not related (at least very closely) to charity.

"O.E. caru, cearu "sorrow, anxiety, grief," also "serious mental attention," from P.Gmc. *karo (cf. O.S. kara “sorrow;” O.H.G. chara “wail, lament;” Goth. kara “sorrow;” Ger. karg “stingy, scanty,” Karfreitag “Good Friday”), from PIE root *gar- "cry out, scream" (cf. Ir. gairm “shout, cry, call;” see garrulous). The sense development is from “cry” to “lamentation” to “grief.” Meaning "charge, oversight, protection" is c.1400."

The actual Anglo-Saxon word related to charity, oddly enough, is "whore," which is related to the older word for "desire" in Indo-European.

Yes, thank you. I do think, however, that care in the positive sense of love and affection is influenced by charity, though the etymology is not direct. (A type of folk etymology most would suppose.) And it can be pointed out that love itself is also related to desire (libido). American Heritage has leubh- "To care, desire; love." So maybe we need a third word!  :LOL:
Dunno why the wheel needs to be reinvented over this term. Caritas is nothing more than the Latin equivalent of Agape, which clues us into the fact that, based on Agape's very definition, this phrase is quite clear on what it means. It's nothing more than saying God is Love, or God is Agape. That modern language and concurrent understanding is lacking in this, is unfortunate.

"26 agápē – properly, love which centers in moral preference. So too in secular ancient Greek, 26 (agápē) focuses on preference; likewise the verb form (25 /agapáō) in antiquity meant "to prefer" (TDNT, 7). In the NT, 26 (agápē) typically refers to divine love (= what God prefers). "

So, an act of charity is nothing more than what Tim said: an act of will to align oneself with God's love.

As Tim deftly put it, emotion has no bearing on this, but intent. If emotion is a springboard to dive into intent, I'd say society has reduced itself to jumping from the pool headfirst into the diving board.
We can go even one more back to Hebrew ahab.

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