This article is about the type of love. For the English adjective meaning "wide open," see the Wiktionary definition of . For other uses of the word Agape, see Agape (disambiguation).
αγάπη ), is one of several Greek words translated into English as love
. The word has been used in different ways by a variety of contemporary and ancient sources, including Biblical
authors. Many have thought that this word represents divine, unconditional, self-sacrificing, active, volitional, and thoughtful love
. Greek philosophers at the time of Plato
and other ancient authors have used forms of the word to denote love of a spouse or family, or affection for a particular activity, in contrast to philia
—an affection that could denote either brotherhood or generally non-sexual affection, and eros
, an affection of a sexual nature, usually between two unequal partners. The term agape
is rarely used in ancient manuscripts, but was used by the early Christian
s to refer to the self-sacrificing love of God
for humanity, which they were committed to reciprocating and practicing towards God and among one another.