What is Theology of the Body?
Theology of the body is a bold, compelling, Christian response to the sexual revolution. Addressed by Pope St. John Paul II, it offers an in-depth Biblical exploration of what it means to be a fully human- male and female being made in the image and likeness of God. It paves the way not only for lasting renewal of marriage and family life but also as one of the most captivating articulations of Christian anthropology ever developed.
Theology of the Body is an integrated vision of the human person. It teaches us that the human persons are made for self-giving love, not a self-getting love and they will find fulfillment only when they give themselves in service to others. Through the Holy Bible and Catholic tradition, it demonstrates that God wants us to know Him through our humanity: our sexuality, our relationships, our joys, and our struggles. It conveys the traditional or customary truths on the faith in a new, accessible and relatable way, explaining for the postmodern man the relationship between the body and the soul, man and woman, and the human person and God. It culminates in directing us towards our vocation: our path to love, to holiness and to joy.
Theology of the Body is the articulation of the Catholic Sacramental Worldview. It helps us discover the ‘WHYs’ behind many questions the modern culture ask us. According to papal biographer, George Weigel, Theology of the Body is “a theological time bomb, set to go off with dramatic consequences in this century”.