The Human Person: According to John Paul II

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  • Copyright: 2010-06-01
  • Publisher: Pauline Books & Media

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What does it mean to be human? In his theology of the body, John Paul II has made a major contribution to answering this question. Here Brian Bransfield provides a systematic approach to John Paul's teaching, using it as a basis for an integrated moral theology/Christian anthropology that offers practical support in living the Christian life. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Reverend J. Brian Bransfield is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He currently serves in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as Assistant General Secretary and Executive Director of the Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis. Fr. Bransfield received his doctorate in moral theology from the Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. Prior to his current appointment, he served as professor of Moral Theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He is a noted national speaker and retreat director.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Methodp. 2
Two Cultures Clash
The Experiences of Wojtyla/The Experiences of the Twentieth Centuryp. 9
Formative Experiencesp. 9
Personal Experiencesp. 10
Intellectual Experiencesp. 12
Pastoral Experiencesp. 15
The Perfect Stormp. 17
Climate Changep. 17
The Three Revolutions at the Center of the Stormp. 20
The Industrial Revolutionp. 20
The Sexual Revolutionp. 24
The Effect on Womenp. 24
Cohabitationp. 26
Divorcep. 27
Fatherlessnessp. 29
The Technological Revolution / Mass Mediap. 29
Catechesisp. 33
The 2008 CARA Studyp. 36
The Impact on Identityp. 39
The Forecastp. 44
The New Evangelizationp. 44
Feliciora Evangelizationis Temporap. 44
The Theology of the Body, Original Innocence, and Original Shame
The Beginningp. 51
The Evolution Debatep. 51
Preamble of Truths About the Identity of the Human Personp. 53
Two Creation Accountsp. 53
Mythp. 54
The First Accountp. 56
Bara'p. 57
Ex Nihilo: The World Is Not Reducible to the Worldp. 61
Dabarp. 66
Exitus-reditusp. 68
The Theology of the Body and the Two Creation Accountsp. 73
"The Beginning"p. 75
Original Innocencep. 76
The First Account of Creationp. 77
The Creative Pause of Godp. 78
The Imago Deip. 79
Classical Theology and the Imago Deip. 80
Capax Deip. 82
The Second Account of Creationp. 82
Original Solitudep. 83
The First Meaning of Original Solitudep. 84
Consciousnessp. 84
Self-awarenessp. 86
Self-determinationp. 87
On the Basis of the Bodyp. 88
Subjectivityp. 89
The Second Meaning of Original Solitudep. 91
Original Unityp. 92
The Sleep of Adam / Creation from the Ribp. 93
The Opennessp. 96
Communion of Personsp. 97
Rehabilitation of the Imago Deip. 98
Procreationp. 100
The Conjugal Actp. 101
Original Nakednessp. 103
To Share the Vision of the Creatorp. 105
Sexual Differencep. 106
Giftp. 109
Contraceptionp. 111
Gaudium et Spes 24p. 113
The Body as Part of Imago Deip. 113
Marriagep. 115
Pope John Paul II's Interpretation of Scripturep. 116
Sin and the Effects of Sinp. 119
John Paul II on Original Sin: Original Shamep. 119
The Remote Roots of Temptationp. 121
The Juncture of Man's Choicep. 123
Seven Steps of Sin: The Ritual of Temptationp. 124
The First Step: Bypass the Family Structurep. 126
The Second Step: The Innocent Little Questionp. 127
The Third Step: The Liep. 130
The Fourth Step: Fearp. 133
The Fifth Step: The Choice and the Actp. 134
The Sixth Step: Hidingp. 140
The Seventh Step: Blamep. 142
The Effects of Original Sinp. 142
Saint Augustine's Notion of Sin: The Wound and the Feverp. 145
The Desert Fathersp. 146
The Sin of Davidp. 147
The Network: Seven Deadly Sinsp. 148
Vanity and Pridep. 148
An Image of Sin: Needful Thingsp. 154
The Temptation of Christp. 158
The Theology of the Body, Life According to the Spirit
Renewing the Imagep. 163
Seven Steps of Gracep. 165
The First Step: Enter Family Structurep. 165
The Second Step: Announcement of the Saving Planp. 166
The Third Step: Truthp. 167
The Fourth Step: Do Not Be Afraid-Entrustp. 169
The Fifth Step: The Choice / Act-Fiatp. 169
The Sixth Step: The Visitationp. 171
The Seventh Step: The Magnificatp. 172
The Efficacious Nature of the Self-gift of Jesusp. 173
The Cry of Abandonmentp. 174
The Opened Sidep. 175
The Prodigal Sonp. 178
The Good Samaritanp. 184
Saint Augustinep. 187
The Sacramentsp. 188
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Beatitudes, and the Virtuesp. 191
The Gifts of the Holy Spiritp. 191
Saint Gregory the Greatp. 194
Habitusp. 196
The Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudesp. 201
The Ladderp. 206
Purity of Heartp. 213
Fear of the Lordp. 214
Hopep. 217
Temperancep. 219
Blessed Are the Poor in Spiritp. 221
Pietyp. 225
Justicep. 226
Blessed Are the Meekp. 227
Knowledgep. 229
Faithp. 230
Blessed Are Those Who Mournp. 233
Couragep. 236
Fortitudep. 237
Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirstp. 237
Counselp. 239
Prudencep. 240
Blessed Are the Mercifulp. 241
Understandingp. 243
Faithp. 244
Blessed Are the Pure of Heartp. 245
Wisdomp. 247
Lovep. 248
Blessed Are the Peacemakersp. 249
Conclusionp. 251
Bibliographyp. 253
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