Volume 1.1

In 2014,  the fellows of the CPT, led by Dr Peter Leithart of the Theopolis Institute, responded to John Paul II’s teaching on the meaning of the human body, sex, gender, marriage, and singleness in Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body. In a sexually giddy world that is spinning faster and faster out of control, these themes could not be more relevant to pastoral ministry, Christian discipleship, and the mission of our congregations. John Paul II’s rich biblical and philosophical explorations provided stimulating conversation, some of the fruits of which are here presented. We hope that they will calm our giddiness and re-orient our thinking so that we can help dizzy people get off the floor to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives.

In what follows, Christopher Bechtel explores the metaphor of church as body to consider how John Paul’s spousal anthropology might inform our ecclesiology; Gerald Hiestand considers the pressing pastoral issue of sexual boundaries in dating;   Matthew Mason examines what Theology of the Body might have to say on issues of same-sex sexuality and contemporary gender confusions; David Morlan offers some theologically informed exegetical notes on Ephesians 5:22-33; and Owen Strachan expounds a theology of womanhood that pays close attention to the meaning of the female body.


“Naked Church: A Trinitarian Ecclesiology of the Body” — Christopher Bechtel

“A Biblical Theological Approach to Premarital Sexual Ethics: Or What Saint Paul would Say about Making Out” — Gerald Hiestand

“Man and Woman He Created Them: Same Sex Desires, Gender Trouble, and Gay Marriage in the Light of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body” — Matthew Mason

“Power, Sex, and the Self: Notes on Ephesians 5:21-33” — David S. Morlan

“On Power and Fragility: Reflection of John Paul II’s Theology of Bodily Womanhood” — Owen Strachan


Michel Foucault. The History of Sexuality: An Introduction, Volume One, Laura Kenna

Wendell Berry. Jayber Crow, Matthew Mason

Mark and Grace Driscoll. Real Marriage, Timothy Keller. The Meaning of Marriage, Paul David Tripp. What did You Expect?, David Morlan

Budziszewski. On the Meaning of Sex, Matthew Lee Anderson

Sarah Coakley. Religion and the Body, Jeremy Mann

Douglas Sean O’donnell. The Song of Solomon, Jason B. Hood