The Theology of the Body
Between 1979 and 1984, Pope St. John Paul II gave a series of talks each Wednesday at his “General Audience” to anyone who happened to be gathered in St. Peter’s Square that day. Collectively these “Wednesday Audiences” came to be known as the Theology of the Body (ToB). Reflecting on the creation accounts in the first chapters of Genesis, and on Christ’s teachings on marriage found in Mark 10:2-12, Matthew 5:31-32, and Matthew 19:1-12, John Paul II slowly develops the Church’s teaching on human sexuality as a paradigmatic instance of the call to love as God loves, in a way that is free, total, and fruitful.
Our class will meet each Tuesday night for about an hour, starting at 7:00PM. Over the course of the fall and spring semesters, we will slowly work our way through Part I of the Theology of the Body. For each class meeting, a brief summary will be provided, as well as key terms, additional resources, and reflection questions. Students are encouraged to come to class having read the relevant passages from the ToB and taken notes thereon, and with questions about the text and its relevance for our lives.