Delivered in series of catechetical addresses, John Paul II himself called this work "The Theology of the Body”. This monument of theology presents the mystery of love as it flows from the Trinity, through Christ’s spousal relationship with the Church. This same love is realized in human relationships and in a concrete way in the human body.
A new critical translation of Pope John Paul II's talks on the Theology of the Body by the internationally renowned biblical scholar Michael Waldstein. With meticulous scholarship and profound insight, Waldstein presents John Paul II's magnificent vision of the human person. Includes a preface by Cardinal Schönborn, a foreword by Dr. Christopher West, a comprehensive index of words and phrases, a scriptural index, and a reference table for other versions of the papal texts.
“The Theology of the Body is the Church’s answer to the great heresy of our time, the Sexual Revolution.”
Professor of Philosophy, Boston College
“… a kind of theological time-bomb set to go off with dramatic consequences.” It “has barely begun to shape the Church’s theology, preaching, and religious education. When it does, it will compel a dramatic development of thinking about virtually every major theme in the Creed.”
Author of Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II
“It would be hard to argue that there is a presentation of human sexuality that is more beautiful or more faithful to Scripture.” John Paul II “illuminates for all believers … that [our creation as male and female] … connects us to a mystery that is far larger and more profound than each of us can fathom.” John Paul II’s teaching “helped me see how profound Christianity is in answering the deepest questions we all have about who we are and how we are called to relate to others and to God.”
Focus on the Family
“I predict that Protestants, especially evangelicals, will embrace the Theology of the Body in greater and greater numbers in the years ahead … those who do will come to an understanding of sexual morality that is grounded in divine revelation … If the church can recover that kind of sexual morality, then I think the church will be in the position to launch the second sexual revolution that John Paul longed for and sought to prepare the way for.”
-Dr. Craig Carter
Tyndale University College and Seminary