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Is it really Love? Spiritual Way of the Six Loves

Welcome to Is It Really Love? A continuing series on the six different loves and related topics.  We will look at the different kinds of love and other topic on spirituality that help apply the six different loves in our lives.

Jan 10, 2009

This podcast is the first in a continuing series that tries to answer the question "How do you know when you are in love?"  It is my belief that there are at least six different loves: friendship, romantic love, spiritual love, marital love, family love and community love.  But before we can discuss the specific loves we must first discuss what is love in general.  What do all six loves have in common?  This first podcast ( the file name is Love_1) suggests a definiton of love in general.  In a couple of weeks I will post part two.

     You might wonder who am I to try and answer such an important question about how do you know you are in love.  For what its worth, my "day job" is that of a college professor in philosophy.  But my real qualifications are that I have love many times, often bungling things pretty badly.  Out of the "school of hard knocks" I have developed this series.  I offer this not as the final answer, but as one person's attempt to find answers.  It is my hope that perhaps there will be something helpful for others in this ssereis.  After all, what is more important than love?

This podcast series is based on my book The Six Faces of Love which can be viewed at