The Human Person: According to John Paul II

Pauline Books & Media, 2010
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Overview

What does it mean to be human?

In his theology of the body, John Paul II made an important contribution to answering this question. Here Brian Bransfield provides a systematic approach to his teaching, using it as a basis for an integrated moral theology/Christian anthropology that gives practical support in living the Christian life.

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Key Features

  • Analyzes John Paul II’s theology of the body
  • Applies moral theology to the Christian life
  • Reveals a deeper understanding of spiritual life

Contents

  • Two Cultures Clash
    • The Experiences of Wojtyla/The Experiences of the Twentieth Century
    • The Perfect Storm
  • The Theology of the Body, Original Innocence, and Original Shame
    • The Beginning
    • The Theology of the Body and the Two Creation Accounts
    • Sin and the Effects of Sin
  • The Theology of the Body, Life according to the Spirit
    • Renewing the Image
    • The Gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Beatitudes, and the Virtues

Praise for the Print Edition

Bransfield’s book is ‘required reading’ for those interested in the writings of Pope John Paul II on the theology of the body. The author gives valuable insights which will help the reader grow in a personal relationship with God and come to a deeper understanding of self. It is solid theology rooted in spirituality.

—Gregory M. Aymond, archbishop of New Orleans

Bransfield motivates me as a reader. Bransfield’s obviously a natural teacher, because he taps into so many different stories and experiences throughout this book, and he also uses other people’s wisdom. He references the entire body of John Paul II’s work as well as many of the others who have written about it. This book becomes, then, a sort of ‘best of,’ written by someone who has a gift for sharing it and making you want to hunt down the source material for more. I found myself wanting to ditch my reading pile and just pick up Theology of the Body (both the shiny new one and the old, dog-eared copy) for myself. He made me want to revisit Love and Responsibility and a couple of the encyclicals I’ve been meaning to reread. He made me want to keep learning, keep digging, keep immersing myself. He made me want to WAKE UP, and maybe that’s the biggest nod I can give any author, especially one writing about such an important and life-changing topic.

—Sarah A. Reinhard, author

What life-opening pages! Bransfield illuminates John Paul II’s vision of the human person brilliantly, fleshing out spiritual insights with an eye to the practical—a combination which opens for us the vocation to love, from the inside out.

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

Product Details

About J. Brian Bransfield

J. Brian Bransfield is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He currently serves at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as assistant general secretary and executive director of the Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis. Bransfield received his doctorate in moral theology from the Pontifical John Paul II 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.

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