Theology of the Body Explained: A Commentary on John Paul II's "Gospel of the Body"

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Gracewing Publishing, 2003 - Body, Human - 530 pages
Christopher West makes John Paul II's theology of the body available for the first time to people at all levels within the Christian community. Love, sexuality, and human flourishing are inseparable. Those who doubted this will find West's book a transforming experience, and those who have been wounded will find liberation and peace. A wonderful education on the meaning of being human. Christopher West teaches the theology of the body and sexual ethics at St John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver. He is also visiting faculty member of the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Melbourne, Australia.
 

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Contents

The Human Body Catholicism and John Paul II
1
The Link Between Theology and Anthropology
8
The Great Divorce
19
Healing the Rift
27
The Humanae Vitae Crisis
46
The Freedom for which Christ Has Set Us Free 211
50
The Sacramentality of Marriage
52
PrologueIn Review
53
Continence Spiritual Fruitfulness and the Ethos of Redemption
281
Celibacy for the Kingdom Is an Exceptional Calling
285
Marriage and Celibacy Explain and Complete Each Other
288
Celibacy Anticipates the Maximum Fullness of Gods Bounty
292
Analysis of St Pauls Teaching on Celibacy
295
Why Celibacy Is Better According to St Paul
298
The Redemption of the Body and the Hope of Every Day
302
Celibacy for the KingdomIn Review
306

Original
59
Solitude Prepares Man for Communion
70
The Creation of Woman
74
Icon of the Trinity
77
Relationality and the Virginal Value of Man
81
The Key to Biblical Anthropology
88
Witness to Gift and Love
93
The Nuptial Meaning of the Body
97
Chosen by Eternal Love
101
The Grace of Original Happiness
104
Subjectivity and the Ethos of the Gift
109
The Primordial Sacrament
113
The Deepest Essence of Married Life
117
Life Refuses to Surrender
121
Original ManIn Review
125
Historical
131
A Living Morality
132
Original Sin and the Birth of Lust
138
The Dimensions of Shame
144
Lust Shatters the Original Communion of Persons
151
Living the Body Flows from the Heart
155
Maintaining the Balance of the Gift
160
Christs Words and the Old Testament Ethos
163
Concupiscence and the Wisdom Literature
167
Lust and the Intentionality of Existence
172
Adulterating Sexual Union within Marriage
176
Lived Morality and the Ethos of Human Practice
181
The Interpretation of Suspicion
186
Grace Faith and Mans Real Possibilities
192
Longing for the True Good and Beautiful
194
Drawing Pure Waters from a Hidden Spring
199
The Perspective of the Whole Gospel
201
Purity of Heart and Life According to the Spirit
205
An Adequate Image of Freedom and Purity
214
Purity Stems from Piety as a Gift of the Holy Spirit
217
Gods Glory Shining in the Body
222
The Most Suitable Education in Being Human
225
Portraying the Naked Body in Art
230
Historical ManIn Review
236
Eschatological
241
An Infinite Perspective of Life
242
Anthropology of the Resurrection
245
Penetration of the Human by the Divine
249
Witness to the Eschatological Experience
253
The Eschatological Authenticity of the Gift
256
Fulfillment of the Nuptial Meaning of the Body
259
A Development of the Truth about Man
263
St Pauls Teaching on the Resurrection
265
Eschatological ManIn Review
270
PART II
275
Celibacy for the Kingdom
277
Some Make Themselves Eunuchs
278
Marriage and the Great Mystery of Ephesians
310
The Body Enters the Definition of Sacrament
313
Reverence for Christ Must Inform the Love of Spouses
317
Carnal Love and the Language of Agape
321
Baptism Expresses Christs Spousal Love for the Church
325
Spousal Love and the Recognition of True Beauty
328
Mystery Sacrament and the Climax of the Spousal Analogy
334
The Foundation of the Whole Sacramental Order
337
Christ Reveals the Mystery of Divine Love
340
The Spousal Analogy Helps Penetrate the Essence of the Mystery
343
A Fruit of Eternal Election in Christ
347
Marriage Is the Central Point of the Sacrament of Creation
349
Platform for the Actuation of Gods Designs
352
Sacrament of Creation Fulfilled in Sacrament of Redemption
355
Prototype of All the Sacraments
359
An Adequate Anthropology and an Adequate Ethos
362
Marriage Reveals the Salvific Will of God
366
Conjugal Union According to the Holy Spirit
369
The Fusion of Spousal and Redemptive Love
374
The Language of the Body and the Sacramental Sign
378
The Prophetism of the Body
382
Constituting the Sign in Love and Integrity
385
The Sacramentality of MarriageIn Review
388
Love and Fruitfulness
395
The Biblical Ode to Erotic Love
396
Integrating Eros and Agape
398
Mutual Entrustment and the Truth of the Person
401
Sacrificial Love Conquers Death
406
Conjugal Life Becomes Liturgical
408
Humanae Vitae and the Truth of the Sacramental Sign
413
The Harmony of Authentic Love with Respect for Life
419
A Call to Liberation and Responsible Parenthood
425
The Natural Regulation of Births
429
The Integral Vision of Natural Fertility Regulation
435
Outline of an Authentic Marital Spirituality
439
The Role of Conjugal Love in the Life of Spouses
442
Continence Is a Virtue Essential to Conjugal Love
445
Continence Authenticates and Intensifies Marital Affection
449
The Church Is Convinced of the Truth of Humanae Vitae
453
Chastity Lies at the Center of Marital Spirituality
455
The Exceptional Significance of the Conjugal Act
458
Humanae Vitae and the Authentic Progress of Civilization
464
Love and FruitfulnessIn Review
469
The Gospel of the Body and the New Evangelization
475
The Antidote to the Culture of Death
476
Incarnating the Gospel Message
479
The Churchs Response to Modern Rationalism
484
EpilogueIn Review
492
Bibliography
495
Index
501
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