Pope John Paul II's The Theology of the Body has been called "a critical moment…in the history of modern thought" (George Weigel). The Vatican's Cardinal Francis Arinze takes you through this spiritual masterpiece step-by-step. Using clear and simple language, the Cardinal explains John Paul's integrated vision of the human person, body, mind and spirit, and how God intended men and women to use their gift of sexuality, "…from the beginning."
Approx. 8 Hours, 7 CD Set
8 Hours, 3 DVD set.
The Theology of the Body presents a magnificent vision of the human person. In these talks, John Paul II has given a catechesis which is centered on the human person, understood within the mystery of Christ. Going back to the biblical "beginning" as recorded in Genesis, the Pope discusses the bodily dimension of human personhood, sexuality and marriage in the light of biblical revelation.
Starting from three primordial human experiences- original solitude, original unity and original nakedness- he outlines a theology of the nuptial meaning of the Trinity. Within this framework, the Pope also considers the meaning of chastity for the sake of the kingdom.
A final section is dedicated to reflections on Humanae Vitae. John Paul takes a personalist approach in discussing the "language of the body" and how that relates to the issue of contraception.
The Pope made an outstanding contribution, indispensable for understanding the Church's approach to questions of sexuality and marriage.