May 29, 2013


This Table of Contents is in beta form.
It can only be 12 lessons,
so I need to lose 8 lessons.
Which 8 should go?
Anything I forgot to address?
(The main focus the publishing company wants is "human sexuality.")
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Table of Contents
4 week Theology of the Body curriculum
for High School (any grade)

Week One (Human Life)
Introduction – About this Book -- Human sexuality is one of the deepest areas of our lives. It is the most personal and private area of our lives, and yet also the public and social because it deals with marriage and family. It is an area of our lives where we need correct information, patience, guidance, prayer, willpower, self-mastery, courage, virtue and healing; no one is being judged; we’re living in a culture that has very different values from what this book will present (Theology of the Body); young people did not create this culture, it was handed to them, they were born into it; describe/brainstorm about the attitude/practice of the world today, in general,  toward human love and sexuality,  and why they think it is that way. What is positive about it? What is negative about it? How can we make it better?

Lesson 1 – Where the Heck Did We Come From and Where the Heck Are We Going?
(Evolution, Creation or Both? Is There Life After Death?) starts from very beginning, origins of human life, examines micro/macro evolution, Catholic understanding of the origins of human life, examines (biologically and existentially) the fact of death, gets them to think about their own death, positions them in the big picture

Lesson 2 – Human Dignity (Are Humans Unique?) claims to human “exceptionalism” and uniqueness, meaning of life, what is life for, the various forms of human dignity that are attacked, social justice issues, we are all connected, our responsibilities to the rest of Creation

Lesson 3 – Is God for Real? (Belief and Atheism) the “new atheism,” opposing voices to belief, basic apologetics examining basic atheist slogans and argument;, Pope Francis to atheists; atheist conversion stories (hi-profile and not: @sacerdotus, Jennifer Fulwiler, Leah Libresco, Alphonse Ratisbonne, C.S. Lewis, Francis S. Collins, etc); we will skip traditional “proofs for existence of God.”

Lesson 4 – Philosophy, Science or Faith? (Or All Three?) faith and reason, breaking down JP2’s “Fides et Ratio,” examining how these 3 things are all about seeking the truth but in different ways (and must stay in their own disciplines), affirming vital necessity of all 3, Vatican’s STOQ (scientific, theology and ontological quest project bringing the 3 fields together), we’ll talk a bit about Pontifical Academy of Sciences that atheists like Stephen Hawking belong to, Galileo affair, etc. [Already by junior high, many kids—even in Catholic schools—self-describe as “atheists,” often because of “science.” We MUST address these stumbling blocks.]

Lesson 5 – “That Which Does Not Kill Us Makes Us Stronger.” (We Are All Philosophers.) a quick overview what is philosophy, how it influences our lives, and 13 of the most influential philosopher/philosophies today: slogans, view of the human person, results, etc.

Week Two (Human Person)
Lesson 6 – Is Catholicism a Religion? (If Reality Is So Obvious, Why Are There So Many Versions of It?) how can we know what’s true? How can we know reality? truth through Reason and Revelation working together, what is “religion” and why do we need it?, “I’m spiritual not religious,” Creation/Bible/Church as our sources and why we can trust them

Lesson 7 – World and Church History in 60 Minutes (You are HERE.) the fundamental “worldviews” one can have, World, Bible, Church history summed up, trouble spots of the big bad Catholic Church dealt with (e.g., clergy sex scandal) some apologetics, What is (true) “progress”? Are we “progressing”? The “stages of man/humankind” according to TOB, Why do we need Theology of the Body NOW?

Lesson 8 – What Is “Theology of the Body”? (Bodies Are Not Optional.) the most basic concepts and language of Theology of the Body, connecting with Lessons 1-7; Theology of the Body is old AND new

Lesson 9 –The Resurrection of the Body (God Is a Materialist.) What does it mean to “be” a body, not “have” a body? Matter matters, God loves stuff, we are part of nature, nature/creation is sacred, the new heavens and the new earth, heaven is a wedding feast, is heaven “automatic” or do we have to want to go there?

Lesson 10 – The Human Person (It’s Personal.) what is “person”? why are persons “sacred”? JP2’s teaching on the human person, the nature of human love (from JP2’s “Love and Responsibility,” the 7 stages of “true love”

Week Three (Human Sexuality)
Lesson 11 – Theology of the Body Is for Every Body--Introduction to Theology of the Body part I, this is where we really get into TOB, point by point, also “Biology of the Theology of the Body (Vicki Thorn)—how science backs up Theology of the Body

Lesson 12 – Theology of the Body Is for Every Body--Introduction to Theology of the Body part II, continued

Lesson 13 – Discovering Your Masculine and Feminine Identity in Christ (No Need To Re-Invent the Wheel), two different ways to be in the image of God, two different ways to “be” a body, gender differences and how each reveals God differently (our bodies [& souls] are a theology textbook), masculine and feminine “genius” and gifts, why is Jesus male? (all-male priesthood), how men and women relating to each other, female and male modesty/chastity & emotional chastity/purity/integrity, “how far is too far,” dating, a little on the vocation of marriage and the family.  PRACTICAL TIPS LIKE THIS COULD ACTUALLY STAND TO BE TWO WHOLE LESSONS. I COULD COMBINE EARLIER LESSONS TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

Lesson 14 – Homosexuality (What Does the Church REALLY Teach?) one whole lesson on the love and compassion the Church has for everyone, what we understand about homosexuality today, why the Church does NOT “hate gays” or even judge gays, same-sex attraction, “gay marriage,” transgender, LGBTQ, etc., Theology of the Body is good news for every body! [This issue is the HARDEST for young people to grasp because the body/gender is irrelevant and fluid in our culture, and marriage/sex is not about procreation. We can produce babies in labs/surrogate mothers/adoption, etc. Many are struggling with SSA themselves, they are encouraged to experiment, have family/friends who self-identity as “gay,” it’s EVERYWHERE in the media, the laws are changing daily. This is a very, very personal issue to them.]

Lesson 15 – What Is God Saying About Your Future? (Everyone Is Called To Virginity. Everyone Is Called To Marriage. Whaaa?!) more about marriage, the states in life (married, “consecrated,” single), priesthood/religious life, life is a “vocation,” “secondary” (or restored) virginity, how to live the gift of sexuality for our entire lives, how Theology of the Body can help us discern our vocation and live it, how Theology of the Body applies to every lifestyle, is “true love” for everyone?

Week Four (Human Destiny)
Lesson 16 – Finding “True Love” in the Media (Can It Be Done?) using Theology of the Body (and God’s “5 F’s of True Love”) as a tool for all our media use, a little bit of Media Literacy (how a story is constructed, etc.)

Lesson 17 – What’s So Bad About Porn? (Porn Prevention and Recovery for Everyone) sexting, porn, violent porn, porn as an addiction, how to help yourself avoid/recover from porn, [again, this will not be graphic/explicit, but average age of viewing hardcore porn is 8 now because of internet, and let’s remember little kids have porn machines in their pockets on phones and gaming devices], we will talk about lust vs. love, “use” as the opposite of love, dehumanization/degradation that happens in porn, fantasy vs. reality, how women and children are victimized, etc., art (e.g., fine art nudes) vs. porn.

Lesson 18 – But What About…? (Theology of the Body FAQs: Masturbation, Hooking Up, Rape, Contraception, Abortion, Living Together) as with the rest of the text, proper terminologies will be used, but without explicit naming of body parts. It will be discreet generalities and ethical principles.

Lesson 19 – Even If We CAN, SHOULD We? (Introduction to “Bio-Ethics” in a Sci-Fi World) Humanae Vitae, eugenics, surrogate mothers, IVF, sperm/egg “donation,” freezing eggs, genetic testing, human cloning, etc.

Lesson 20 – How To Create a Theology of the Body “Culture” (Live, Laugh, Love. Life Is Good. Livin’ the Dream.) massive review, TOB soundbites (how to do the truth in charity, turn hot/controversial topics into fruitful conversations), more on how to live TOB (practical tips), brainstorming about how to create a civilization of love, a culture of life and beauty, envisioning the future, how they can keep up with TOB in their lives and
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