ABSTRACT

The present chapter comes at the question of love from a different angle, not theorizing but presenting a selection of writings by poets and mystics who at various times described their experiences of love, especially of loving God and feeling loved by God. What they say is interesting in itself and also because of what they say about God's response. Since they do not get this in a hundred-percent objectively unmistakable shared-reality e-mail sort of way, we can speculate more freely about different ways in which love can be understood. This understanding must depend at least in part on such factors as the personality of those reporting their experience and how this may have been shaped by idiosyncratic or cultural variations in the course of development.