December 21, 2008

THEOLOGY OF THE BODY: 2 important articles by Christopher West & Michael Metzger

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Theology of the Body Institute Newsletter
November 2008
Volume 1, Edition 10
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Wife, Mother, and Teacher Grateful for Lessons Learned
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Mary and Michael LaLoggia

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Weigel: There Is No Match for
Theology of the Body

"The teachings of John Paul II's Theology of the Body offer a healing vision of human sexuality that the dominant culture simply can't match."

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A Message from Christopher West
Christopher West 2008
In light of the recent elections, my contribution to this month's newsletter is my most recent column on the subject, reprinted below.  I also encourage you to read the attached blog of an evangelical friend of mine, Mike Metzger entitled "Appetites and Appetizers."  It demonstrates how the Spirit is blowing in many, many Christians today calling for a new langauge and approach in the way Christians address questions of sexuality.

Sex, Happiness, and the Presidential Election

The election of an African American president shows just how far our nation has come in addressing its racial prejudices. This is a sign of hope in which we should all rejoice. For our nation has demonstrated that it can change its wrong-held beliefs, even deep-seated ones. That's a good thing, because I'd contend that our nation's embrace of Barack Obama points to some other deep-seated beliefs that we will eventually need to change if we are ever to flourish as a people.

It should go without saying that my reservation about Obama has absolutely nothing to do with his skin color. Rather, it has to do with fundamental issues of life and death and love and sex that Obama believes are "above his pay grade." Well, I'd like to lobby for Obama to receive an increase in salary so that he can take a deeper look at what does and does not lead to human happiness and the flourishing of a nation.

It comes up during every presidential election. Eight years ago, during the Bush-Gore "chad saga," Francis Fukuyama, professor of public policy at George Mason University, summarized it well in his Wall Street Journal article entitled "What Divides America." The real debate, he argued, is not over foreign policy or the economy. The real issues, he said, stem from our understanding of and approach to sex.

He wrote: "The single most important social change to have taken place in the United States over the past forty years concerns sex and the social role of women, and it is from this single source that virtually all of the 'culture wars' stem."

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Appetites and Appetizers
by: Mike Metzger

"If you want your teenage daughter to avoid pregnancy (or your son to not get a girl pregnant), turn off the racy TV shows. If you want your teenager to abstain from sex until marriage, stay away from church. If the first suggestion makes sense and the second doesn't, read on."

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