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Nov. 10, 2009, at 3:02pm
In the course of a previous TOB thread, a reader asked why John Paul II chose to elaborate a theology of the body instead of a theology of the person?
Let me try to answer this question from a philosophical point of view—in light of the developments in modern thought that so engaged the attention of Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II.
Karol Wojtyla, as both philosopher and priest, was keenly aware that the personalism so characteristic of the modern age, which contains many positive developments worth preserving and incorporating into the mind of the Church, is also seriously flawed because it is largely disembodied. Descartes, who can almost be said to have ushered in modernity by his famous turn …continue reading
Oct. 27, 2009, at 12:14pmThe 2nd part of the comment thread of the previous post can be found in the comment section below.
Oct. 27, 2009, at 11:14am
There will be more to say about this response to his critics, but for now let me only highlight some of it and urge everyone to read it in full.
The pivotal question as I see it is this: What does the grace of redemption offer us in this life with regard to our disordered sexual tendencies? From there, the questions multiply: Is it possible to overcome the pull of lust within us? If not, what are we to do with our disordered desires? If so, to what degree can we be liberated from lust and how can we enter into this grace? Furthermore, what does it actually look like to live a life of ever deepening sexual redemption?
It is abundantly clear from both Catholic teaching and human experience …
Oct. 27, 2009, at 1:14amThe 3rd part of the comment thread of the previous post can be found in the comment section below.