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Take a look inside a revolution. JPII's Theology of the Body first outlines the different experiences of man's existence. Which one do you want to check out?

Man's Three Cycles

So Now What? A Revolution in Action

-Cycle 4: Celibacy for the Kindgom
- Cycle 5: The Sacramentality of Marriage
- Cycle 6: Love & Fruitfulness
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In the Beginning...

Adam and Eve- Elaine Treisman

The Pope's first cycle takes us back to who man was in the beginning, free from original sin.

We hear all the time that Adam and Eve were created free from sin, until they fell from grace and original sin entered man's experience. But what exactly does it mean to be without original sin?

The Pope makes it clear that we cannot return to this original state of innocence. The damage has been done, so to speak. Rather, he illuminates the original experience of man to explain who we are; why we were created.

"Historical man tries to understand the mystery of original innocence almost by means of a contrast." (TOB, 68)

The Pope appropriately begins his theology of the body with Christ's words, pointing us back to man's original state of grace:

  • "For your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so." (Mt. 19:8)
Alone in the wilderness...
Original man, adam, was first alone without woman (ishash) before being distinguished as male (ish). So what? Well, this set man apart from the animals in his unique personhood and relationship with God. He is "alone" in the visible world and set apart in the eyes of God. He comes to realize this through naming the animals and even feeling within him that he was different.

  • "Self-knowledge develops at the same rate as knowledge of the world... consciousness reveals man as the one who possesses a cognitive faculty are
    regards the visible world...Solitude also signifies man's subjectivity.... Man is alone because he is "different" from the visible world..." (TOB, 37)
Hey pretty lady...
So God, and "adam," realized that this being alone thing was cool and all, but something was missing. Enter the one, the only, the woman. As we have already said, man was first called "adam," to represent the experience of solitude shared by all of humanity. Then, only after the creation of woman, a distinction is created between man and woman.
By recognizing himself as fulfilled by this "flesh of his flesh...bone of his bones," man affirms the unity of man and woman that was shared in the original state of grace. He recognizes that her body, in and of itself, expresses something of the invisible, it reveals something about who she is and what she is created for. What man and woman experience together is a unity that is revealed through the distinctions they recognize through one another's bodies.

  • "There is a deep connection between the mystery of creation, as a gift springing from love, and that beatifying "beginning" of the existence of man as male and female, in the whole truth of their body and their sex, which is the pure and simple truth of the communion of is a body that expresses the person...The communion of persons mean existing an a mutual "for," in a relationship of mutual gift." (TOB 61)

  • "Masculinity and feminity- namely, sex- is the original sign of a creative donation and an awareness on the part of man, male-female, of a gift lived in an original way. Such is the meaning with which sex enters the theology of the body" (TOB 62)
Ooo....they were naked!
It is really important to mention this, not just because nudity is involved. This is the most important point for understanding the implications that original sin had on the original unity of man and woman and their relationship with God.
We find in Genesis 2;25 that "the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed." The Pope elaborates on this to reveal that this means that they both experienced sexual desire, but it was a desire that spring from a yearning to love in the image of God's love for them- a perfect love casting out all fear and shame.

  • "Seeing each other, as if through the mystery of creation, man and woman see each other even more fully and distinctly than through the sense of sight itself, that is, through the eyes of the body. They see and know each other with all the peace of the interior gaze, which creates precisely the fullness of the intimacy of persons." (TOB, 57)

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