God's Love:Meaning and Verification
On our comment section Skeptical and Px began saying that the phrase "God is love" was meaningless because love is an emotion and a person can't be an emotion. Of course i argued metaphor. Come to find out they really didn't care about that they really wanted to argue that if there is something we can call "God" it's not loving, at least they see it as such, that is a totally different kind of question.
Holly is an old friend from the CARM days she came by to take up the issue:
Holly Amelia Pond said...Before I answer that I have to say something about the nature of God's love, I believe that God is the source of love, There is no reason why he would be loving any more than there is a reason why we should be-conscious, If the universe were absent God then we might just as well be like ants and we probably would be, It would be more efficient, why should we be free moral agents or have a concept of the good and be able to destroy the planet?
Interesting conversation, JH.
My problem with the phrase "God is love" is still I don't know how to make the leap from seeing evidence of love to the assumption god exists and IS this love.
I have to consider all possibilities, (yes skepticism requires that), and how could we prove that love is not a human construct?
Perhaps God's love is not on a par with Your parents in every respect. even though there are aspects in which it is. The metaphor is used in the Bible. God is the father and the mother. But all religious language is analogical, Analogical language has both a like and a not-like dimension, There is more at steak in loving everyone in the world than in one couple loving one child,
Yet if nothing else the loving nature of God makes it possible for us to have loving natures.We can express Gods' love through our own love for each other. Why God allows pain has to be part of this use and at that point I can only recommend that you read my soteriological drama argument,
Holly asks "and how could we prove that love is not a human construct?: Well you can't prove that iot is a human construct. We are humans and we understand love our own way,But there;s no reason to thin it;s merely an accident of brain chemistry that produced some feeling and we are just playing with a feeling, It's a whole philosophy,Anyone who studies theology and tires to understand Christian Agape can see there's a lot more to it than just an emotion,It's like asking how do we know mathematics is not a human construct? We don't/ I would argue David Chalmers' explanatory gap argument, It's analogous to the issue of consciousness.
Philosopher Joseph Fletcher argued that justice is a function of love enforcement mechanism, So now you have a philosophical concept of love that contains all of justice and ties in with ethics and jurisprudence, Why do we have this kind of thinking when all we needed was an emotion?It's clearly more than that,
In this context the term is agape we have Greek definition: the will to the good of the other. which includes to accord the other the basic dignity to to which humans are initialized,As for arguing about the existence of God read my book, The 200 studies on religious experience I amassed back up the argumnet I make for God.
I cannot say it is nonsensical, only unverified. Which makes it meaningless as a standalone argument to the skeptic who does not begin with any premises such as "god exists" . So first steps in such a conversation would indeed begin with a definition of love, and then why does one conclude that god exists and that god is indeed love.
To verify you have to know what you are looking for, One thing we night look for is a feeling of being loved, Every study that tackles religious experience and deals with the sense of the numinous finds that people who have that experience overwhelmingly experience a keep and all pervasive sense of love, a presence of love,
We have good reasom to believe the experiences are experiences of a reality because the effects are real and I have eliminated counter causes, so no reason to think it;s just naturalistic. These people feel abiding overwhelming sense of Divine loves o strong it is not uncommon for them to lose the fear of death,people suffering chronic pain feel their pain is a gift because it allows them to have thesense of love, 
 "Soteriologiocal Drama" religious a priori
 Joseph Hinman, The Trace of God: Rational Warrant for Belief. Colorado
Springs,Colorado: Grand Viaduct 2014
 Joseph Hinman,,"Empirical Study of Mystical Experience, Religious a priri