Title

Cohabitation: A Critical Assessment in View of Pope John Paul II's Christian Anthropology and Theology of the Body

Defense Date

2-18-2009

Graduation Date

Spring 1-1-2009

Availability

Campus Only

Submission Type

dissertation

Degree Name

PhD

Department

Theology

School

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Committee Chair

George Worgul

Committee Member

Elizabeth Cochran

Committee Member

Daniel Scheid

Keywords

cohabitation, marriage, theology, body, sexuality, John Paul II

Abstract

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.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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