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Theology of the Body Chapter Two. Vocations Period One Mr. Salter. The Four Qualities of the Human Body . Original Holiness prior to Original Sin p.40 Original Solitude Original Unity Original Nakedness These three provides insight into the nature of the : Human body

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Theology of the body chapter two

Theology of the BodyChapter Two

Vocations

Period One

Mr. Salter


The four qualities of the human body

The Four Qualities of the Human Body

  • Original Holiness prior to Original Sin p.40

    • Original Solitude

    • Original Unity

    • Original Nakedness

      • These three provides insight into the nature of the :

        • Human body

        • Human person

        • Human relationships

      • In essence – the meaning of life


The four qualities of the human body1

The Four Qualities of the Human Body

  • If we were to live out Original Holiness, we can come to understand how the human body is: p.41

    • Original Solitude - symbolic

    • Original Unity - nuptial

    • Original Nakedness – free and fallen

    • And through knowing Jesus – redeemed

    • Original Sin clouds our personal experience of Original Holiness

      • Jesus comes to restore and renew the original experience

      • To take us “back to the beginning” (He is the New Adam)


The human body is symbolic p 44

The Human Body Is Symbolic p. 44

  • With original solitude Adam realized

    • He was different, superior then the rest of creation

    • He was alone; something was missing

    • Adam had a special connection with God

      • We are bodies, but we are more than just our body

      • We have an invisible dimension

      • We are what is - seen and unseen

    • This is what is meant by we are symbol

      • Symbol – Greek for to be thrown together

        • A symbol makes present something that is invisible

        • A symbol connects or unites the visible and invisible world

          • Examples: Wedding Ring, Championship Ring, School crest, Flag

        • When we think of a friend, we do not only think of their physical features – rather we remember their personality, character, experiences we shared


The human body is symbolic p 44 45

The Human Body Is Symbolic p. 44-45

  • We call this innermost aspect of the human person our soul

    • Animals have a soul, but it is material

    • Human’s soul is spiritual

  • Being symbolic, means we are more than physical

    • We use symbols to communicate realities beyond physical

      • The merging of thinking, actions and language

    • Body-persons(-William May)

      • The body is in Time and Space

      • The Spirit is in Eternity

        • We live in both worlds


The human body is symbolic p 44 451

The Human Body Is Symbolic p. 44-45

  • Our senses have both physical and spiritual meaning

    • Consider Touch

      • It can be physical (hot, sharp, sticky)

      • It can be more (a kiss, hug, “touching a girl”)

    • Consider Hearing

      • Loud noises, vs. music

    • Consider Seeing

      • Everyday things vs. beauty

  • Think about Adam – seeing Eve

    • She was a body, but more than a body

      • She was symbolic

    • Her body made present her whole person; visible and invisible


The human body is nuptial p 47 51

The Human Body Is Nuptial p. 47-51

  • When Adam saw Eve, they knew they were complimentary

    • Mean and women are different, but made to “be one flesh”

      • Men

        • More muscular, stronger, tougher

        • Genitals are external

      • Women

        • Supple, soft and delicate

        • Genitals are internal

    • Nuptial means – made for relationship; love

      • Sex becomes a personification of this relationship of physical attraction and spiritual love

      • Sex is profoundly beautiful and mysterious


The human body is nuptial p 47 511

The Human Body Is Nuptial p. 47-51

  • Sexual intercourse “communicates”

    • JP II says the human body has a unique form of language

      • Sex is body language

        • Women get this more than men

    • Our body points to a deeper, more complete “whole person”

      • Heart

      • Intellect

      • Memory

    • Our body expresses our spiritual self

    • Sex speaks the language of sensual pleasure

    • Sex also either lifts up one’s spiritual personhood, or uses it for personal (selfish) good

      • We will discuss contraception - is it authentic to the language of sex? Does it speak of being nuptial?


The human body is free and fallen p 51

The Human Body Is Free and Fallen p. 51

  • Original Nakedness was free in communication

    • Freedom is a necessary condition for love

      • Without freedom, we cannot love

    • The human body is not the cause of sin

      • Sin belongs to our spiritual nature

      • Because we are body and spirit – sin affects our body

    • Sin makes it difficult to see how the body is symbolic

      • Lust turns a body into an object, something to be used for my pleasure

      • We look a the physical, and neglect the invisible


The human body is free and fallen p 511

The Human Body Is Free and Fallen p. 51

  • The Human Body Is Redeemed p. 52

    • Jesus’ death (body was killed), restores us to the meaning of human existence

      • Jesus appeared to the apostles in his glorified body

        • St. Thomas Aquinas says, we can now “know God” through Jesus

        • Our “Life” has been restored

  • Christ Takes Us back to the “Beginning” p. 54

    • John’ Gospel:

      • “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”


The human body is free and fallen p 512

The Human Body Is Free and Fallen p. 51

  • Christ Takes Us back to the “Beginning” p. 54

    • John’ Gospel:

      • “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

    • Jesus is the Word

      • A word communicates (from someone to someone)

      • A word is an intimate reality

        • Can share the deepest meaning; can be a gift

        • A word can be “from one’s heart”, and change a life

        • What if there could be a word-person?

      • Jesus is a word-person, become flesh!

        • Jesus is God (from the Father) and human (born man)


The human body is free and fallen p 513

The Human Body Is Free and Fallen p. 51

  • When we read the “Word”, we:

    • Read about what Jesus said and did, and

    • Can listen to Jesus “communicate” with us; is made present

  • Jesus Christ is a mediator

    • Additionally, we can receive Christ in the Sacraments

  • Jesus can take us back to the beginning

    • Through the Original Holiness (Solitude, Unity, Nakedness)

  • We have discovered out bodies are more relational than sexual

    • Sex is important because relationships are important

    • Our bodies are free, but wounded

    • But, we are redeemed


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