The Theology of the Body: Human Love in the Divine Plan

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Pauline Books & Media, 1997 - Religion - 603 pages
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John Paul II developed this remarkable series of Scriptural reflections in order to reclaim the Christian understanding of sexuality and the human person as a GIFT. These teachings offer a much-needed understanding of sexuality and the human person.

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Review: The Theology of the Body: Human Love in the Divine Plan (Parish Resources)

User Review  - John Harold-Rysavy Pieper - Goodreads

This one book will be the most remembered theology to come out of the post-Vatican II era of the last half of the twentieth century Read full review

Review: The Theology of the Body: Human Love in the Divine Plan (Parish Resources)

User Review  - Alyssa Watson - Goodreads

I liked it but I wouldn't read it without a commentary by Christopher West; very dense and easily misunderstood Read full review

Contents

Foreword
15
Original Unity of Man and Woman
25
The Boundary between Original Innocence and Redemption
32
The Alternative between Death and Immortality
40
In the First Chapters of Genesis
48
The Fullness of Interpersonal Communication
54
The Nuptial Meaning of the Body
60
The Mystery of Mans Original Innocence
66
The New Threshold of the Complete Truth about Man
246
The Risen Body Will Be Incorruptible
252
Virginity for the Sake of the Kingdom
262
The Effective and Privileged Way of Continence
270
Marriage and Continence Complement Each Other
276
Celibacy for the Kingdom Affirms Marriage
285
Everyone Has His Own Gift from God Suited to His Vocation
292
The Mystery of the Bodys Redemption
299

A Gift for Each Other
69
Man Enters the World As a Subject of Truth and Love
75
The KnowledgeGeneration Cycle
83
Blessed Are the Pure of Heart
103
The Real Significance of Original Nakedness
111
The Relationship of Lust to the Communion of Persons
117
The HeartA Battlefield between Love and Lust
125
The Meaning of Adultery Is Transferred
142
The Depersonalizing Effect of Concupiscence
150
Interpreting the Concept of Concupiscence
156
The Value of the Body according to the Creators Plan
162
Eros and Ethos Meet and Bear Fruit in the Human Heart
168
Christ Calls Us to Rediscover the Living Forms of the New Man
174
Life according to the Spirit
191
Life in the Spirit Is Based on True Freedom
197
The Virtue of Purity Is the Expression
205
The Pronouncements of the Magisterium
214
Reflections on the Ethos of the Human Body
220
Ethical Responsibilities in Art
226
The Resurrection of the Body
233
The Resurrection Perfects the Person
240
The Call to Be Imitators of God and to Walk in Love
306
A Deeper Understanding of the Church and Marriage
312
The Sacredness of the Human Body and Marriage
318
Moral Aspects of the Christians Vocation
324
Marriage Is the Central Point of the Sacrament of Creation
333
Marriage Is an Integral Part of the New Sacramental Economy
339
The Marriage Sacrament Is an Effective Sign
347
The Language of the Body Is the Substratum
354
The Sacramental Covenant in the Dimension of Sign
360
Reflections on the Song of Songs
368
Love Is Victorious in the Struggle between Good and Evil
375
Reflections on Humanae Vitae
386
Responsible Parenthood
393
Faithfulness to the Divine Plan in the Transmission of Life
395
Responsible Parenthood Is Linked to Moral Maturity
401
Continence Protects the Dignity of the Conjugal Act
408
Living according to the Spirit
415
Of Human Life
427
On the Dignity and Vocation of Women
443
The Gospel of Life
493
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About the author (1997)

Pope John Paul II was born Karol Wojtyla on May 18, 1920 in Wadowice, Poland. He studied poetry and drama at Jagiellonian University. During World War II, he worked in a stone quarry and chemical factory while preparing for the priesthood. He received a Ph.D. from Rome's Angelicum Institute and a doctorate in theology at the Catholic University of Lublin. He was ordained in 1946 and became Auxiliary Bishop of Krakow in 1958. He was a university chaplain and taught ethics at Krakow and Lublin. In 1964, he became Archbishop of Krakow and in 1967, a Cardinal. On October 16, 1978, he was elected as the first non-Italian Pope since 1523. On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot in an assassination attempt entering St. Peter's Square in the Vatican, but recovered fully. During the 1980's and 90's, the Pope visited Africa, Asia, the Americas and in 1993, to the Baltic republics, which was the first Papal visit to countries of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). He greatly influenced the restoring of democracy and religious freedom in Eastern Europe and reaffirmed the Roman Catholic teachings against homosexuality, abortion, "artificial" methods of reproduction, birth control and priest celibacy. He rejected the ordination of women and opposed direct political participation and office holding of priests. His extensive ethical and theological writings included Fruitful and Responsible Love, Sign of Contradiction, Redemptor Hominis (Redeemer of Man), Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), and Ut Unum Sint (That They May Be One). After developing septic shock, he died on April 2, 2005. He was proclaimed venerable by Pope Benedict XVI on December 19, 2009 and was beatified on May 1, 2011.

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