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Old 7th June 2009, 12:19 PM
Ron Conte Ron Conte is offline
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Default Theology of the Body: lecture 3

3. The Second Account of Creation: The Subjective Definition of Man

The unity and indissolubility of marriage has not lost its force, even though mankind fell from grace.

Notice that the real theology of the body is based on Sacred Scripture. Other more popular formulations mention Scripture from time to time, but do not draw their teachings directly from Scripture.

The Pope considers the serpent in the garden to be a figure for an evil spirit, Satan, not a literal creature. Although he uses the term mythical, he does not view the story of Adam and Eve as fiction, but as a description of an historical even, the Fall of mankind, using mythological figures (symbolism).

Although Pope John Paul II makes occasional reference to the conclusions of critical methods of Scriptural analysis, he does not allow these methods to guide or to dominate his understanding of the text.
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Old 7th June 2009, 07:05 PM
Climacus Areopagite Climacus Areopagite is offline
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"The first situation was that of original innocence, in which man (male and female) was, as it were, outside the sphere of the knowledge of good and evil . . . The second situation . . . found himself, in a certain way, within the sphere of the knowledge of good and evil."

so original innocence is the state of knowing and doing good beyond even a certain knowledge itself? Is one so immersed in goodness that evil does not even enter his mind or heart? He is so fixed on goodness, evil doesnt occur to him, and even the good he accomplishes is in a sense effortless?

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