Aquinas and the Theology of the Body

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CUA Press, Apr 22, 2016 - Religion - 338 pages
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Pope John Paul's Theology of the Body catecheses has garnered tremendous popularity in theological and catechetical circles. Students of the Theology of the Body have generally interpreted it as innovative not only in its presentation of the Church's teaching on marriage and sexuality, but also as radically advancing that teaching. Aquinas and the Theology of the Body offers a somewhat different interpretation. Fr. Thomas Petri argues that the philosophy and theology of Thomas Aquinas substantially contributed to John Paul's intellectual formation, which he never abandoned. A correct interpretation of the Theology of the Body requires, therefore, a thorough understanding of Thomistic anthropology and theology, which has been mostly lacking in commentaries on the pope's important contributions on the subject of marriage and sexuality.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 From Thomas Aquinas to the Manualists
11
2 Personalism and the Debate on Marriage and Contraception
45
3 The Moral Theology of Karol Wojtyla
92
4 Karol Wojtylas Ethics of Sexuality
127
5 The Spousal Meaning of the Body in Theology of the Body
162
6 The Anthropology of Thomas Aquinas
198
7 The Movement of Love in the Summa Theologiae
235
8 Marriage and the Conjugal Act according to Thomas Aquinas
273
Conclusion
309
Bibliography
315
Index
331
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About the author (2016)

Thomas Petri, OP is vice president and Academic Dean, Dominican House of Studies, Washington, DC, USA.

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