Theology of the Body Resources
These relevant, informative, timely, and pastoral resources are available to help you learn and teach about the theology of the body.
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Man and Woman
He Created Them
A Theology of the Body
A New Translation Based on the John Paul II Archives
In this new critical translation of Pope John Paul II’s magnum opus, internationally renowned biblical scholar Michael Waldstein presents John Paul II’s magnificent vision of the human person with meticulous scholarship and profound insight.
In this vision, John Paul II presents a catechesis 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 and celibacy in the light of biblical revelation.
Complete with a new introduction and new footnotes, this edition has been crafted with a penetrating eye to the past twenty years of study since John Paul II gave his Theology of the Body talks.
MICHAEL WALDSTEIN is Chancellor and Francis of Assisi Professor of New Testament at the International Theological Institute, Austria. Together with his wife, Susie, he is a member of the Pontifical Council for the Family. Prof. Waldstein earned a B.A. at Thomas Aquinas College, California, a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Dallas, an S.S.L. in Scripture from the Biblicum in Rome, and a Th.D. in New Testament and Christian origins at Harvard Divinity School. Before his present appointment, he was Associate Professor of New Testament at the University of Notre Dame. He and his wife have eight children.
- A foreword by Cardinal Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna.
- A preface by Christopher West.
- The catecheses of Song of Songs and Tobit: a comparison between the delivered text and the longer original pre-Papal text.
- A comprehensive index of words and phrases.
- A scriptural index.
- A reference table for other versions of the papal texts.
Paperback / Dimensions: 6″ x 9 1/4″ / ISBN: 0819874213
Retail Price: $29.95
Order Man and Woman He Created Them
Theology of the Body Explained
A Commentary on John Paul II’s Man and Women He Created Them
By Christopher West
The first edition of Theology of the Body Explained (2003) quickly became a Catholic best-seller, serving as a standard reference text in universities, seminaries, and private study. This newly revised and expanded edition (2007) is based on Michael Waldstein’s outstanding translation of John Paul II’s catechesis published by Pauline Books & Media under the title Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body (2006).
In this newly revised and expanded edition:
- All quotes of John Paul II have been updated with the new translation
- Key insights discovered through Dr. Waldstein’s access to the John Paul II archives have been incorporated
- The outline of the text has been substantially reorganized to reflect what we now know about the structure of John Paul II’s original manuscript
- The newly discovered headings of the Pope’s original text have been incorporated throughout
- The illuminating insights of John Paul’s six undelivered and previously untranslated addresses on the Song of Songs, Tobit, and Ephesians are unfolded here for the first time
- The Prologue has been thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded based on new insights into the mind of Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II
What Are People Saying about this Title?
“West’s work offers readers an excellent entry and much solid assistance in decoding John Paul II’s difficult text. It will encourage them to read John Paul II himself with more open eyes and with clearer reflection.”
—From the Foreword by Michael Waldstein
Founding President, International Theological Institute, Austria
From the First Edition:
“In my biography of the Pope, I wrote that the theology of the body needed explication for those who weren’t specialists in biblical studies, theology, or philosophy. I am delighted that Christopher West has taken up that challenge. With intellectual care, with the experience bred of long years of teaching this material in the classroom and the parish, and taking account of his own experiences as a husband and father, Christopher West has put us in his debt by making the ‘theology of the body’ available to a wide and, I hope, appreciative readership.”
—From the Foreword by George Weigel
Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
“This book will be of enormous pastoral value to those seeking to put forth the Church’s liberating teachings on sexuality. Reading John Paul’s text directly can be quite daunting for those without a background in philosophy and theology. This is what makes this book so exciting—it succeeds in ‘translating’ the Holy Father’s insights into a much more accessible language.”
—Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete
Founding Professor, John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, Washington D.C.
“John Paul II’s theology of the body offers a powerful resource for evangelization in an age which is beginning to count the cost of the sexual revolution. Christopher West’s book makes this resource available for the first time to people at all levels within the Christian community. Love, sexuality and human flourishing are inseparable. Those who have doubted this will find West’s book a transforming experience, and those who have been wounded will find in it liberation, healing and peace.”
—George Cardinal Pell
Archbishop of Sydney
“Christopher West unlocks the beauty of Catholic teaching on love and sexuality with intelligence, clarity and grace. This is a book rich in substance for the serious scholar, but accessible and rewarding for the average reader as well. This is an excellent resource from one of our most insightful and committed Catholic authors.”
—Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Denver
“Christopher West has done a splendid job providing an intelligent and accurate commentary on Pope John Paul II’s catechesis. West shows that the Holy Father’s theology of the body gives us a wonderful evangelical and Christian education on the meaning of being human. Readers will discover in West’s book how John Paul’s thought shows the modern world that the Christian understanding of sex and marriage, far from being a list of “don’ts,” is a liberating, redeeming view of the human bodily person, male and female.”
—William E. May
Professor, John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, Washington, D.C.
“The vibrancy of Christopher West, his infectious enthusiasm and penetrating understanding of the thought of Pope John Paul II is well-known to those who have heard his lectures and tapes. This lucid explanation of the Pope’s Theology of the Body conveys the same enthusiasm and intelligence. The public needs to hear what the Holy Father thinks on issues of sexuality, marriage, and celibacy and West has generously committed his considerable talents to making this a possibility.”
—Janet E. Smith
Professor of Life Issues, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit
About this author
Christopher West is recognized around the globe for his work teaching and promoting John Paul II’s theology of the body. He serves officially as a research fellow and faculty member of the Theology of the Body Institute near Philadelphia. West has also taught graduate and undergraduate courses on a number of other faculties, including St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver, the John Paul II Institute in Melbourne, Australia, and the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha. He is the best-selling author of four books, and his popular column “Body Language” is syndicated to newspapers throughout the United States. Christopher lives with his wife, Wendy, and their four children near Lancaster, PA.
Paperback / 688 pages / Dimensions: 6″ x 9 1/4″ / ISBN: 0819874256
Retail Price: $29.95
Theology of the Body Made Simple
Discover John Paul II’s radical teaching on sex, love, and the meaning of life
—Perfect for beginners, ideal for seekers—
Sex matters. Yet even deeper than the urge for sex is the desire for love. More than sexual, we are relational: meant for true and intimate relationship with each other and with God.
Rather than a “casual indoor sport,” sex is sacred. And John Paul II’s radical perspective on how we view life, love, and sexuality can transform our relationships into profound experiences of communion.
This is a simple introduction to the basic premise of Theology of the Body. It explains how our bodies are symbolic, free, meant for love, and redeemed by Christ. It presents unambiguous reasons for the Church’s teaching on premarital sex, contraception, homosexuality, pornography, and more. And it gives reason to hope that the love we crave so deeply is, in fact, promised us by God…from the beginning.
- looking for more in a relationship?
- wondering about the meaning of life?
- passionate…yet sometimes unfulfilled?
- struggled with sexuality?
- questioned the reasons for the Church’s sexual teaching?
- felt confused about authentic sexual identity?
- like clear, straightforward explanations?
- enjoy a conversational, engaging read?
- want the basic of basics?
- too busy to wade through the Theology of the Body text?
- put off by JP II’s philosophical style?
- convinced that even “introductions” are too complex?
If any of these questions resonate with you, then Theology of the Body Made Simple is the place to begin!
“ Theology of the Body Made Simple is dynamite. Reading it can change your life. An awesome job!” —Adam Morris, Catholic Youth Ministry, Canberra-Goulburn
Rev. Anthony Percy is a priest of the Archdiocese of Canberra-Goulburn, Australia. His doctorate in Sacred Theology is from the John Paul II Institute in Washington, D.C.
Foreword by Professor Kenneth Schmitz, Associate Fellow of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, and professor of philosophy, John Paul II Institute and Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Father Anthony Percy has given us a map that marks out guideposts in John Paul II’s Theology of the Body while at the same time he presents us with a plain, clear volume with a value of its own. He has done this by alerting us to the keys that open the first part of the papal text from which the rest of John Paul II’s work follows.
These keys are experiences that, with the light of the faith, are accessible to the deepest part of our lives. They are deepest because they take us back to “the beginning” revealed to us in the Bible’s Book of Genesis. Percy describes them with brevity and a freshness that is original yet faithful to John Paul’s insights, and that can draw us into the heart of the late pope’s thought. These experiences belong to humanity’s beginning, but not exclusively to that time of prehistory, for “with the aid of Revelation” we also recognize them as part of our experience in these latter days.
These pillars of human experience are four and they manifest four fundamental qualities of the human body. I will only name them here and let you, the reader, discover them for yourself in this book. They are all “Originals”: Original Solitude, Original Unity, Original Nakedness and alas!, all too familiar: Original Sin. Father Percy unfolds these, and, with examples and vivid images, gives color to the text in an easy-to-understand, conversational style.
Following from these original experiences are four qualities of the human body. The symbolic quality of the body shows forth the invisible interiority of the person. From this flows an insight into the very nature of language itself and the intimate and gracious presence of words in our communication with each other. It is language rooted in the Word given to us from the Father. The Book of Genesis reveals the other qualities as well: the nuptial character of the body, but also a freedom that is both fallen and then, in Jesus Christ, redeemed, a final quality. These are not simply a condition of the body, but an experience that, through revelation, is at the root of every human experience.
Who would have thought that there could be “new discoveries about the human body” in the third millennium? John Paul II’s profound insights, and Father Percy’s down-to-earth explanation, is enough to invite us to a new sense of what it means to be a human person and a child of God.