Date: Fri Jun 21 1996 - 18:25:49 EDT
It must be noted that Agape itself can be unselfish or it can be
selfish, as Jesus showed describing the "agape" of Gentiles at Matt.
5:46. This type of "agape" is, pardon the paraphrase, "scratch my
back and I'll scratch yours." Therefore, it is not IN ITSELF a higher
or lower form of love.
Perhaps the best distinction (to add to DWilkens noted distinctions)
is that agapaw is based on principles more than philew. Those
principles may be selfish (Matt 5:46) or unselfish (Matt 5:44). But
principled nonetheless. Agape may or may not include affection.
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