Neighbor-love was a revolutionary idea in ancient culture. It changed the way people saw one another across race, ethnicity, gender, class, politics, and religion. It restructured community around compassion, hospitality, generosity, and justice. And it redefined what it means to have an authentic relationship with the Creator of the universe. Jesus called neighbor-love the greatest commandment, the heart of what it means to be truly human and live forever. Neighbor-love then became central to Jesus’s counter-cultural, world-changing movement.
And yet neighbor-love has been tragically neglected or taken for granted in many churches and Christian culture. Where did the idea of neighbor-love come from? What does it actually mean and require in practice? And how can we become ambassadors of neighbor-love in the twenty-first century?
Neighbor-Love: A Revolutionary Idea that Could Save Our World is the first video course devoted entirely to the ethics of neighbor-love. Combining scholarly depth, popular accessibility, and practical application, this course will immerse you in the history, meaning, and practice of neighbor-love. It makes a passionate case for why we should champion neighbor-love today as the center of our lives, churches, and cultures.
As religion disappoints, hate grows, walls rise, violence explodes, and the largest refugee crisis in history continues, where can we find hope and a practical pathway into a flourishing future? Neighbor-love is the passionate wager of Christian ethics.
I believe this course will expand your mind, inspire your imagination, enrich your relationships, and refocus your purpose for being alive. I invite you to join me.
Andrew DeCort holds a PhD in Ethics from the University of Chicago. He is the author of Bonhoeffer’s New Beginning: Ethics after Devastation and director of the Institute for Christianity and the Common Good (iccgood.org). Andrew has taught courses in theology and ethics at Wheaton College, the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology, and the University of Bonn. His teaching has been recognized for excellence by the University of Chicago Center for Teaching. Andrew and his wife Lily live and work in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Subscribe to Andrew’s weekly newsletter at andrew-decort.com.
“[Andrew’s] lectures were incredible. He's the best teacher I've ever had, and that's not hyperbolic.”
~ David Robinson, finance consultant
“Life changing! The best class I’ve taken at Wheaton, hands down.”
~ Maria Krump, Facebook, formerly FBI
“The Christian scriptures are clear: Knowing God, obeying God, and living into the calling that God has given to humanity requires us to love others. We are called to love enemies, strangers, and neighbors, regardless of what they think of us, whether they are like us, or whether they love us back. Andrew DeCort’s Neighbor-Love is a rigorous and accessible exploration of these themes, a deep dive into the rationale for and demands of neighbor-love, and a stirring examination of exemplars like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Oscar Romero, and Martin Luther King, Jr. If you want to be informed, equipped, and inspired – transformed to serve our world – Neighbor-Love is a course for you.”
~ Dr. Noah Toly, Professor of Urban Studies and Politics & International Relations, Director of the Center for Urban Engagement, Director of the Aequitas Program, Wheaton College
“Andrew's DeCort's teaching has radically shaped the way I think. His theories around loving our neighbor and seeing others as Christ would see them have impacted my life for God's Kingdom and how I listen and serve others. Andrew is a brilliant educator and I continually cherish the time I spent as his pupil. He is easily the best teacher I have ever had.”
~ Stephania Quintero, teacher
“Andrew DeCort is totally right in seeing that the ethic of neighbor-love is the heart of Christian moral obligation and the greatest treasure of our tradition. I am so glad to see this serious treatment of neighbor-love, and to see it available as a video course. I highly recommend this course!”
~ David Gushee, President of the American Academy of Religion
“I recommend this course for its unique blend of expertise and energy on a vital subject. By mining the Bible and key theological figures for insight regarding neighbor-love, Andrew DeCort makes it possible to understand a superficially popular concept more deeply—and to be challenged personally.”
~ Daniel J. Treier, Knoedler Professor of Theology, PhD Program Director, Wheaton College Graduate School