Cohabitation: A Critical Assessment in View of Pope John Paul II's Christian Anthropology and Theology of the Body
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
cohabitation, marriage, theology, body, sexuality, John Paul II
The increase in cohabitation is one of the most significant shifts in family demographics of the past century. This study presents the sociological data on cohabitation and then approaches the issue from an anthropological and theological standpoint. This study proposes that the writings of Pope John Paul II provide an understanding of the human person and sexuality that reveal the theological reality behind the statistical data. Chapter one examines sociological trends and ideologies which have contributed to the dramatic rise in cohabitation in contemporary society. Chapter two synthesizes John Paul II's Christian Anthropology, followed by chapter three which presents the Theology of the Body in order to provide a theological framework for the discussion of cohabitation. Chapter four examines the applicability of John Paul II's writings to the contemporary situation of cohabitation and proposes further suggestions for consideration and reflection in terms of addressing this pastoral issue facing the Church today.
Dentino, D. (2009). Cohabitation: A Critical Assessment in View of Pope John Paul II's Christian Anthropology and Theology of the Body (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/1584