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Theology of the Body in Context: Genesis and Growth

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The zenith of John Paul II’s thought on the human person, marriage, and the family is found in his theology of the body. For the first time, William E. May provides a comprehensive yet readable overview of this work in the context of several other key writings of Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II, providing rich insights into its development.

Works surveyed include Love and Responsibility, Familiaris consortio, Mulieris dignitatem, and Letter to Families.

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Key Features

  • Explains John Paul II’s writing in clear and concise language
  • Offers a comprehensive view of the theology of the body
  • Builds on four of John Paul II’s works


  • Karol Wojtyla’s Love and Responsibility: Themes Relevant to the Theology of the Body
  • Familiaris Consortio (The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World) and the Theology of the Body
  • John Paul II’s Catecheses on the Theology of the Body: “Man and Woman He Created Them”
  • Mulieris Dignitatem (The Dignity and Vocation of Women) and the Letter to Families

Praise for the Print Edition

William E. May is one of my heroes. I am a former student of his, and his clear thinking and wit has left an indelible mark on my life. Reading Theology of the Body in Context was like being back in his classroom—an illuminating, thought-provoking joy. I’ve been awaiting just such a book, and May is the perfect one to have written it.

Christopher West, cofounder, Theology of the Body Institute

What a rich, illuminating resource! William May has presented John Paul II’s revolutionary defense of love penned at a time when societies often undercut love. Brimming with insight, this book is an invaluable companion for anyone seeking today to ‘discover the beauty and grandeur of the vocation to love.’

—Carl A. Anderson, supreme knight, Knights of Columbus

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About William E. May

William E. May is emeritus Michael J. McGivney Professor of Moral Theology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family. He taught there from 1991–2008, after teaching moral theology at The Catholic University of America from 1971–1990. He is the author of many books, among them Marriage: The Rock on Which the Family Is Built and Catholic Bioethics and the Gift of Human Life. He currently serves as senior fellow for the Culture of Life Foundation.