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Theology of the Body in Context:
Genesis and Growth

Author: William E. May
ISBN: 0-8198-7431-0
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Price: $16.95 U.S.

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Book Description:

The zenith of John Paul II’s thought on the human person, marriage, and the family is found in his “theology of the body.” For the first time, William E. May provides a comprehensive yet readable overview of this work in the context of several other key writings of Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II—including
Love and Responsibility, Familiaris Consortio, and his Apostolic Letters, Mulieris Dignitatem and Letter to Families—providing rich insights into the development of the theology of the body.

*Takes a closer look at the thought of John Paul II in order to get a clear and comprehensive idea of the creation of his groundbreaking work

*May employs Dr. Michael Waldstein’s latest and complete translation of theology of the body: Man and Woman He Created Them.

*An accessible path through the theology of the body without reading the full text.


May is one of my heroes. I am a former student of his, and his clear thinking and wit has left an indelible mark on my life. Reading [this book] was … an illuminating, thought-provoking joy. I’ve been awaiting just such a book, and May is the perfect one to have written it.”

—Christopher West
Theology of the Body Institute

What a rich, illuminating resource! ... Brimming with insight, this book is an invaluable companion for anyone seeking today to ‘discover the beauty and grandeur of the vocation to love.’”

—Carl Anderson
Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus

William E. May is emeritus Michael J. McGivney Professor of Moral Theology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family. He taught there from 1991-2008, after teaching moral theology at The Catholic University of America from 1971-1990. He is the author of many books, among them
Marriage: The Rock on Which the Family Is Built and Catholic Bioethics and the Gift of Human Life. He currently serves as Senior Fellow for the Culture of Life Foundation. He and his wife Patricia have been married for 52 years and have been blessed with seven children and sixteen grandchildren.

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Version: 22nd July 2011

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