This is the second and final podcast on the book The Four Loves by C S Lewis. Lewis organized his book around the four types of human love, using the Greek words for them. They are
- Storge – affection
- Philia – Friendship
- Eros – the love of other, which is distinct from sexuality
- Agape – Charity,the love of God.
In this podcast we cover the last 3 types, friendship, eros, and the love of God. Here we must note two things to avoid misunderstandings. First, Eros does not mean mere sensuality or sexuality, a part of our nature that we share with the animal kingdom. Eros is the intense, almost jealous love for another person. Second the love of God can be interpreted in two ways; the giving love of God which flows to us, and our devotion for God that God’s love calls forth in response. Lewis discusses both variations and we cover them in the podcast.
Again, as before, Lewis describes each type of love and suggests how they mirror some aspect of the divine love, and how the unaided human love can go wrong.