Thursday, April 21, 2005

Preachers! Avoid the agape fallacy!

The "agape fallacy" is the idea that whenever agape appears in the New Testament, it refers to a higher, more godly kind of love than phileo. You've probably heard something like that preached and, like me, you may have preached it yourself at one time. It's a neat explanation, but it has the downside of being untrue. For a beautifully concise explanation of the agape fallacy, see this post at You'll have to click a couple of times to open the PowerPoint presentation, but it's well worth the effort.


Blogger Peter Bogert said...

Reading Exegetical Fallacies by D.A. Carson will save many of us from silly thinking.

7:34 AM, April 22, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

True. Thanks for the tip!

10:11 AM, April 22, 2005  

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