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Sunday, September 07, 2008

"Crunchy" theology of the body?

I kid you not. Most of us have heard the phrase "the domestic Church". A few Catholics even use it. In the theology of John Paul the Great, it designates the Christian family. And in his "theology of the body," one gets quite an inspiring perspective on how conjugal sex figures in founding and nourishing the domestic Church.

Now consider this from the theology blog Inhabitatio Dei:
David Matzko McCarthy’s Sex and Love in the Home: A Theology of the Household is perhaps the best theological treatment of marriage and sexuality to be written in recent years. One of the great things about the book is the way in which it really explores what it might mean to think about sex “maritally” so to speak. McCarthy argues that sex only has its meaning and only is what it is in the context of a shared nuptial life which is in turn shaped and determined by the couple’s participation in the church-community.

I haven't read the book, but I get the sense from ID's discussion that McCarthy is developing JP2's theology of the body along lines that would make the Crunchy-Con crowd proud. Which makes it all the more surprising that the post itself never mentions TOB explicitly. If I had the time and money for such things, I'd buy the book and do a serious review.
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