Theology of the Body

It’s easy to get caught up in questions like “How far can I go?” “Why can’t I do this?” or “Why does the Church teach that?” These questions are good questions, but we’ll never know the answer to them unless we’re willing to ask deeper questions: “What is the meaning of the body?” and “What is the meaning of sexuality?”

This study is about the deep questions.

INTRODUCTION

This study is about the deep questions. I challenge you to go deeper and allow yourself to wonder.

CHAPTER 1: EROS AND AGAPE

The goal of this Bible study is to help students understand Christ’s selfless sacrifice (agape) is the model for all erotic love. Eros and agape are not opposed to each other. Instead, they complement each other.

CHAPTER 2: "IN THE BEGINNING"

Our bodies are a theology; they teach us about God. Our male and female bodies show that we are made for spousal communion, an image of the Trinitarian communion. Shame works in the opposite direction, keeping us from meaningful relationships.

CHAPTER 3: SEXUAL AUTHENTICITY

The world treats bodies like objects, encouraging cheap sex without meaning. The Church teaches chastity, and the reason behind this teaching is sexual authenticity.

CHAPTER 4: CELIBACY AND THE RESURRECTION OF THE BODY

One might think of the Church’s position on marriage and heaven as a denigration of the body, but nothing could be further from the truth.

APPENDIX: PORNOGRAPHY EXPOSED

Pornography consumption, even in moderation, is detrimental to individuals, our most cherished relationships and society at large. And this is not merely the testimony of the church; it is the testimony of hard science.

APPENDIX: THE PILL: NO SMALL MATTER

Love, babies, virtue, grace, God, marriage, family, happiness, salvation: This is what is behind the Church’s teaching on contraception. It is no small matter.