What is the Theology of the Body?
The Theology of the Body is a study of life, love, and the human person in the context of God’s eternal plan for salvation. Between the years of 1979 and 1984, Pope John Paul II dedicated his first 129 Wednesday audiences to the teachings Christ and the Catholic Church in regards to the real meaning of love and God’s plan for human relationships.
As he explains, the physical human body has a specific meaning and is capable of revealing answers regarding fundamental questions about us and our lives:
The Theology of the Body has the capability to transform lives and relationships in a way that can ultimately transform this world. As George Weigel, author of Pope John Paul II’s biography Witness to Hope, says, “John Paul’s theology of the body not only paves the way for lasting renewal of marriage and the family; it enables everyone to rediscover ‘the meaning of the whole of existence, the meaning of life.’”
According to John Paul II, God created the body as a “sign” of his own divine mystery. This is why he speaks of the body as a “theology,” a study of God. He also talks about who man was in the beginning, who he is now (after original sin), and who he will be in the age to come. This truly is good news and has paved way for a new “sexual revolution” – one in which brings hope, happiness, and life.