About the Theology of the Body

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:

  • Is there a real purpose to life and if so, what is it?
  • Why were we created male and female? Does it really matter?
  • Why did God give us desires for love?
  • What is the purpose of the married and celibate vocations?
  • What exactly is "Love"?
  • What does chastity really mean and is it truly possible to be pure of heart? 
  • What is God’s plan for my life?
  • Plus much, much more…

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.

Resources

  • The Theology of the Body, Pope John Paul II
  • Man and Woman He Created Them: a Theology of the Body, John Paul II
  • Love and Responsibility, Karol Wojtyla
  • Theology of the Body Explained, Christopher West
  • Heaven’s Song: Sexual Love as it was Meant to Be, Christopher West
  • The Good News About Sex and Marriage, Christopher West
  • Theology of the Body for Teens, Jason and Crystalina Evert and Brian Butler
  • Theology of His/Her Body, Jason Evert
  • First Comes Love, Scott Hahn

Links

Theology of the Body
http://www.theologyofthebody.net/

Christopher West
www.christopherwest.com

My Catholic Faith
http://www.mycatholicfaith.org/

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