digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:


Applied sciences






















For other uses, see Agape (disambiguation).

Agape (/ˈæɡəp/[1] or /əˈɡɑːp/; Classical Greek: ἀγάπη, agápē; Modern Greek: αγάπη IPA: [aˈɣapi]), often translated "unconditional love", is one of the Koine Greek words translated into English as "love", one which became particularly appropriated in Christian theology as the love of God or Christ for humankind. In the New Testament, it refers to the covenant love of God for humans, as well as the human reciprocal love for God; the term necessarily extends to the love of one's fellow man.[2] Although the word does not have a specific religious connotation, it has been used by a variety of contemporary and ancient sources, including biblical authors and Christian authors. Greek philosophers at the time of Plato and other ancient authors have used forms of the word to denote love of a spouse or family, or affection for a particular activity, in contrast to philia (an affection that could denote friendship, brotherhood or generally non-sexual affection) and eros, an affection of a sexual nature. Thomas Jay Oord has defined agape as "an intentional response to promote well-being when responding to that which has generated ill-being."[3]


Fresco of a female figure holding a chalice at an early Christian Agape feast. Catacomb of Saints Marcellinus and Peter, Via Labicana, Rome

A journalist of Time Magazine has described John 3:16 as "one of the most famous and well-known Bible verses. It has been called the 'Gospel in a nutshell' because it is considered a summary of the central doctrines of Christianity."[4] The verb translated "loved" in this verse is ἠγάπησεν (ēgapēsen), past tense of "agapaō".

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

—John 3:16, KJV

Agape received a broader usage under later Christian writers as the word that specifically denoted "Christian" love or "charity" (1 Corinthians 13:1–8), or even God himself (1 John 4:8, ὁ θεὸς ἀγάπη ἐστίν, "God is Love").

The term agape is rarely used in ancient manuscripts, but was used by the early Christians to refer to the self-sacrificing love of God for humanity, which they were committed to reciprocating and practicing towards God and among one another (also see kenosis). When 1 John 4:8 says "God is love," the Greek New Testament uses the word agape to describe God's love.

Agape has been expounded on by many Christian writers in a specifically Christian context. C. S. Lewis, in his book The Four Loves, used agape to describe what he believed was the highest level of love known to humanity – a selfless love, a love that was passionately committed to the well-being of the other.[5]

The Christian usage of the term agape comes almost directly from the canonical Gospels' accounts of the teachings of Jesus. When asked what was the great commandment, "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." (Matthew 22:37-40) In Judaism, the first ("...love the LORD thy God..."), is part of the Shema.

In the King James Version of the New Testament, the word agape is translated "charity" [in some places] which has a contemporary connotation of giving to meet needs of the less fortunate.[5]

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said:

You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love (agapēseis) your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love (agapāte) your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?

—Matthew 5:43-46, RSV

Tertullian, in his 2nd century defense of Christians, remarks how Christian love attracted pagan notice: "What marks us in the eyes of our enemies is our loving kindness. 'Only look,' they say, 'look how they love one another' " (Apology 39).

Anglican theologian O.C. Quick cautions however that this agape within human experience is "a very partial and rudimentary realization," and that "in its pure form it is essentially divine." Quick suggests that,

If we could imagine the love of one who loves men purely for their own sake, and not because of any need or desire of his own, purely desires their good, and yet loves them wholly, not for what at this moment they are, but for what he knows he can make of them because he made them, then we should have in our minds some true image of the love of the Father and Creator of mankind.[6]

In the New Testament the word agape is often used to describe God's love. However, other forms of the word agape (such as agapaō) are at times used in a negative sense. Such examples include:

  • 2 Timothy 4:10— "...for Demas hath forsaken me, having loved [agapaō] this present world...".
  • John 12:43— "For they loved [agapaō] the praise of men more than the praise of God."
  • John 3:19— "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved [agapaō] darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.


Main article: Agape feast

The word agape in its plural form is used in the New Testament to describe a meal or feast eaten by early Christians, as in Jude 1:12, and 2nd Peter 2:13.

See also[edit]


Eastern religions[edit]

  • Mettā Sanskrit word, "loving-kindness" or "friendliness"


  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary
  2. ^ "agape." Encyclopaedia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica, 2011. Web. 17 Sep. 2011.
  3. ^ "The love racket: Defining love and agape for the love-and-science research program", Zygon, vol. 40, no. 4 (December 2005), pp. 919-938 Defining Love (PDF)
  4. ^ John 3:16 in Pop Culture. Time.com Accessed: 22 May 2009
  5. ^ a b Kreeft, Peter. "Love" Accessed: May 22, 2009
  6. ^ Quick, O.C. Doctrines of the Creed, Scribners, 1938 p. 55.

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agape — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
423123 videos foundNext > 

Zhang Li Yin_爱的独白 (사랑의 독백) (Agape)_Music Video

Download on iTunes : Coming Soon 장리인이 새롭게 선보이는 '爱的独白 (사랑의 독백) (Agape)' 은 감정적이면서도 멜로디컬한 피아노의 선율이 돋보이는 발라드 곡 입니다. 곡의 도입부는 조용하고 분위기 있는 가사로 시작하지만 코러스에서는 웅장함과 장...

Bear's Den - Agape

Agape Abramovic o Nikoli Tesli medium all

Vladeta Jerotic Agape Ljubav i emocije

Michael Bernard Beckwith of Agape International Spiritual Center

Michael Beckwith joins Nina Boski the studio for a very positive and informative interview about his new dance CD Transcendance, the mission of Agape Interna...

Agape-Strasti (prvi deo)

Emisija televizije Studio B "Agape". Tema: Strasti Gosti: Vladika Jegarski i Iguman manastira Kovilj Gospodin Porfirije Psihijatar i psihoterapeut Dr. Vladet...

Svetomir Bojanin - Tajna Škole

anime princess love song UFO Princess Valkyrie OST Agape Full of Love

UFO Princess Valkyrie OST Agape sorry this is not my video I copyright it so sorry.

Emocionalna inteligencija Agape STB 25.11.2012.

Na koji način emocionalna inteligencija unapredjuje kvalitet života?

Agape - gost Sergej Trifunović

Emisija televizije Studio B "Agape". Voditelj: Aleksandar Gajšek Gost: glumac Sergej Trifunović.

423123 videos foundNext > 

4760 news items

Staten Island Advance - SILive.com
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:45:00 -0700

Susan Wagner couldn't have scripted the outcome of Friday night's PSAL encounter against host Tottenville any better if it tried. The Falcons exploded for four goals in the first 19 minutes and Agape Alexander finished with four tallies to lead the ...
The Southern
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:15:00 -0700

Cobden def. Agape Christian 25-15, 25-12: At Cobden, Carley Washer had seven kills, Sandra Hartline had six kills and Taylor Tomazzoli had eight digs as the Appleknockers improved their record to 8-2 on the season. Copyright 2014 The Southern.
Crossville Chronicle
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:14:21 -0700

AGAPE Nashville, founded in 1968, exists to serve the needs of families, children, and adults in Middle Tennessee with unconditional love through Professional Counseling and Psychological Services, Adoption Services, Crisis Foster Care and Maternity ...
Sidney Daily News (subscription)
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:37:30 -0700

Agape Distribution serves over 17,600 income-qualified Shelby County residents, 28 percent of whom work locally. These men and women chase daily after the American Dream, which seems to agonizingly outpace them. So they labor, for entry-level income ...


Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:36:19 -0700

HARRISON TWP. -- The Montgomery County Sheriff's Department is investigating a break-in at the Agape Food Distribution this past weekend. Allen Asbury, who owns the facility off Webster Street, says someone broke the front door to get inside. He says ...
Sidney Daily News (subscription)
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:22:30 -0700

SIDNEY — Peebles has launched its fall “30 Days of Giving” campaign, inviting customers to donate at checkout to Agape Distribution Inc. “We are excited that 853 of our stores have partnered with local organizations to make a difference in their ...
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 19:56:58 -0700

AGAPE of Central Alabama, which is a Christian organization that provides foster care, adoptions and services to pregnant women in crisis, has discovered that someone is going around soliciting donations from different businesses. This is the second ...
Mid Columbia Tri City Herald
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:30:00 -0700

HERMISTON -- The Hermiston-based Agape House is organizing a "You Name the Price" parking lot sale beginning at 8:30 a.m. today at 500 Harper Road in Hermiston. Items include clothes, paint, furniture and household items. Proceeds will benefit the ...

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!