Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Of Many Things

By Drew Christiansen | JANUARY 7, 2008
T he love command, love of God and love of neighbor—it does not get more basic than that. It is the heart of Jesus’ message and, by Jesus’ reading, of the Hebrew Scriptures too: “On these,” Jesus tells the Pharisees, “hang all the law and the prophets” (Mt 22:40). In Christianity, especially Western Christianity, the unity of love of God and love of neighbor is axiomatic. It was surprising, nonetheless, that 138 Muslim leaders writing Pope Benedict XVI and other Christian leaders last October made the love command a central element of their letter.

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