Theology of the Body - Christian Anthropology
In 1979 John Paul II started a series of 129 Wednesday audiences dedicated to Scripture's teaching on human sexuality, marriage and on how to understand the deepest meaning of our human body. Not all of the audiences are easily accessible, but some authors have made good attempts at presenting St. John Paul II's teaching for people of our times. Below you will find some literature suggestions.
- John Paul II's 129 Wednesday Audiences on the Theology of the Body. You can find all of them compiled here.
- Christopher West, Theology of the Body for Beginners, Ascension Press, 2009. Revised edition. ISBN-13: 978-1934217856
- Christopher West, Theology of the Body Explained, Pauline Books & Media 2008, Revised edition. ISBN-13: 978-0819874252
- Jason Evert, Theology of His Body/Theology of Her Body, Ascension Press, 2009.
Youth and Sexuality (Under work)
Natural Birth Regulation
By acquiring knowledge about the fine-tuned processes in the human body, man and woman can, on a responsible and ecological basis, regulate themselves the number of children they want and space childbirths. Natural Birth Regulation gives a couple the possibility of determining the most fertile periods in the woman's menstrual cycle, in order both to achieve or postpone a pregnancy.
Links and literature
(By clicking the text in red you get directly the documents.)
- John Paul II - Veritatis Splendor (The Splendour of Truth), 1993. An encyclica on Christian Morals, which answers the fundamental questions What must I do? How do I distinguish good from evil? with the splendorous truth God has embedded deeply in man's spirit.
- The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Instruction on Respect for Human Life in its Origin and On the Dignity of Procreation, Donum Vitae (The Gift of Life). The document gives a moral-ethical assessment of different forms of assisted fertilization, research within human medicine and biotechnology.
- Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,