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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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