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Gift and Communion offers a critical presentation of John Paul II's theology of the body, understood in the light of Christian theological tradition. The main thesis of the book is that John Paul II's theology of the body forms a new, inspiring approach to Christian ethics and the theology of marriage and family, as well as to theological anthropology. A central thrust of Gift and Communion is to treat theology of the body—as it deserves—in all its philosophical and theological seriousness and to present it as an important stage in the historical development of Catholic theology. This new approach combines a hermeneutical, post-modern reading of the holy scriptures with an attempt to interpret the biblical text in the light of important currents of Western philosophy as well as Catholic theological tradition. Gift and Communion critically evaluates the method, fundamental notions, and significance of John Paul II's thought, places his thought in the context of contemporary challenges to Christian belief and presents it as an important stage in the historical development of Catholic tradition.
JAROSŁAW KUPCZAK, OP is a visiting professor at the Ponti_cal University of St. Thomas Aquinas and John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at Ponti_cal Lateran University, both in Rome.
"Kupczak has succeeded in providing a scholarly guide to understanding more fully the insights contained in John Paul II’s theology of the body. However, this is not an introductory text. The length of the chapters and the depth of his treatment make this book of interest mainly to scholars who already have some familiarity with the theology of the body. Gift & Communion should serve to promote renewed scholarly interest in the profound insights contained in the theology of the body."~Thomist