Love And Responsibility
  • Love And Responsibility
  • Love And Responsibility
  • Love And Responsibility
  • Love And Responsibility
  • Love And Responsibility
ISBN: 0898704456
EAN13: 9780898704457
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 1, 1993
Pages: 319
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 7.9" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Drawing from his own pastoral experience as a priest and bishop before he became Pope John Paul I, Karol Wojtyla has produced a remarkably eloquent and resourceful defense of Catholic tradition in the sphere of family life and sexual morality. He writes in the conviction that science--biology, psychology, sociology--can provide valuable information on particular aspects of relations between the sexes, but that a full understanding can be obtained only by study of the human person as a whole. Central to his argument is the contrast between the personalistic and the utilitarian views of marriage and of sexual relations. The former views marriage as an interpersonal relationship, in which the well-being and self-realization of each partner are of overriding importance to the other. It is only within this framework that the full purpose of marriage can be realized. The alternative, utilitarian view, according to which a sexual partner is an object for use, holds no possibility of fulfillment and happiness. Wojtyla argues that divorce, artificial methods of birth control, adultery (pre-marital sex), and sexual perversions are all in various ways incompatible with the personalistic view of the sexual self-realization of the human person. Perhaps the most striking feature of the book is that Wojtyla appeals throughout to ordinary, human experience, logically examined. He draws Read More chevron_right

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   A Great Beginning to Understand Sex and the Catholic Church
Paired with Christopher West's Theology of the Body, you understand how God intended sexuality to be used. It is a dense read but not an overly complicated read. By this, it digs down and gets to the root definition of the actual words that refer to sexuality in the Bible. You don 't have to be a theologian to understand what the future pope and saint are saying. Be open to the message just. And read other encyclics and books on this subject to get the full picture.
 
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   I purchased this book while preparing for marriage, it was very helpful
In this book, John Paul II does a beautiful job of explaining what love should be in marriage. I bought this book while preparing for marriage, it was very helpful! I have been married for nearly 10 years and I still go to it for reference. It is not a lighteasy read ; you have to settle and concentrate, but is very helpful in this world where love is so warped and misrepresented.
 
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   Life-changing if you spend the time to reflect.
Wow, what a difference! If you are afraid of examining yourself, this is not the book for you! Or maybe it is just the medicine you need to take to the next level that you were unaware of needed to make it. Karol Wojtya really delves into the person, love and responsibility we have as persons and with persons who are not ourselves. I believe that reading this book and contemplating these thoughts has made me a truly better person in relation to God, in relation to my wife, in relation to myself and in relation to all persons with whom I have contact. This book inspired me to get a copy of The Acting Person by the same author, as almost all notes in Love and Responsibility relate to it. This tome is a deep mountain and a steep valley I hope to make it through.
 
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   Love and Responsibility: my genuine review. :))
Though this book has difficult words to understand, it opens up your mind in my opinion. I love it and I wish that everyone who has the chance to read it may they crack it open. This book talks about human sexuality through a philosophical, biblical and scientific view. It will lead you in the direction of friendship and romantic relationships between a man and a woman. This wonderful book is the rock of anyone who is looking for an understanding of what is love. Perhaps it helps you prepare yourself for your future marriage, etc.
 
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   Not an easy read.
Although I understand what the book is about, it's way too deep for me to read. The best way to interpret it is that it is above my comprehension level.
 
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   Transform your marriage!
It helped me answer so many questions I had about how to truly love my spouse and, true to JPIIs approach, he takes on the hardest and most sensitive topics with such grace, eloquence orthodoxy and compassion.
 
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   reading might challenge behavior and we can't have that
Or as GK Chesterton said : The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. This prequel '' toMan and Woman He Created Them A Theology of the Body is a glimpse into the mind of a brilliant theologian who was untainted by the evils of psychology, though he himself made reference to it. Please don 't patronize the trite works of christopher West explaining the writings of jpii.
 
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   for your spouse's gift of self
This book is not an easy read, as it contains some difficult philosophical and theological arguments, but the main point that the author makes throughout is that justice demands that love the value of the other person, rather than using them to obtain pleasure.
 
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