How can Christians fulfill the obligation to love one’s neighbor when doing so puts one at risk for abuse? Should a victim of domestic violence passively endure their suffering, or does the gospel provide a better way? In this lecture, Deidre Green discusses problems with a Christian ethic of self-sacrifice and offers solutions by drawing on scripture and Christian philosopher Soren Kierkegaard.
“The commandment said, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ but if the commandment is properly understood it also says the opposite: You shall love yourself in the right way. Therefore, if anyone is unwilling to learn from Christianity to love himself in the right way, he cannot love the neighbor either.“ —Soren Kierkegaard
Tuesday, April 18
Education in Zion Theater
About Deidre Green
Deidre Nicole Green is an adjunct professor of religion at BYU and a visiting scholar at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. She is author of Works of Love in a World of Violence (Mohr Siebeck, 2016). Green earned a PhD in Religion from Claremont Graduate University, after receiving a Master of the Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School and a Bachelor of the Arts in Philosophy from BYU.