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Objectives

The course is designed to:

  1. Familiarize students with Karol Wojtyla’s (Saint John Paul II) philosophical project of linking the subjective and objective world views.
  2. Introduce students to the main themes of the 129 addresses that constitute Saint John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body.”
  3. Encourage students to integrate the principles of Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body in their own personal lives and relationships.
  4. Equip students to apply Saint John Paul II’s “adequate anthropology” to a range of questions such as sexual morality, bio-ethics, gender issues, vocation, the sacramental life, and the new evangelization.

Content

This course will examine the 129 Wednesday audience addresses that comprise Saint John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body” with an emphasis on the importance of the Pope’s project for the new evangelization.

Particular attention will be paid to themes such as creation in the imago Dei, fall and redemption, Christian ethics and ethos, freedom and person, gender and vocation.

Introduction

The Human Body, Catholicism, and the Philosophical Project of Saint John Paul II

Part I: Establishing an “Adequate Anthropology”

Cycle 1: Original Man (reflections on Genesis)
Cycle 2: Historical Man (reflections on the Sermon on the Mount and St. Paul)
Cycle 3: Eschatological Man (reflections on the resurrection of the body)

Part II: Applying an “Adequate Anthropology”

Cycle 4: Celibacy for the Kingdom (reflections on Matthew 19 and St. Paul)
Cycle 5: The Sacramentality of Marriage (reflections on Ephesians 5)
Cycle 6: Love & Fruitfulness (reflections on Humanae Vitae)

Conclusion

The Theology of the Body and the New Evangelization

Course Hours

This five day course intensive contains 30 fifty-minute classroom sessions for two Creighton University/IPF graduate credits.

Instructor Christopher West

  • Christopher West is recognized around the globe for his work teaching and promoting Saint 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 at a number of other facilities, including Saint John Vianney Seminary in Denver, Colorado, the Saint John Paul II Institute in Melbourne, Australia.
  • He is the best-selling author of four books, and his popular column Body Language is syndicated to newspapers throughout the United States.
  • Christopher West lives with his wife Wendy and their five children near Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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