By Alice von Hildebrand
Dr. Alice Von Hildebrand provided CNA with her latest essay contrasting the approach of her late husband, noted philosopher Dietrich Von Hildebrand, with the methods of the popular speaker Christopher West.”
Speaking on the effects her husband’s works have had in shaping her latest essay, Von Hildebrand said, “My late husband’s book: In Defense of Purity (which I read when I was nineteen, and had a profound influence on my life), is so deeply rooted in the sacred tradition of our beloved Holy Church, that it occurred to me that a parallel study of his thoughts and the presentation of Christopher West, might be enlightening.”
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Responding to the recent call of Cardinal Justin Rigali to spread the message of the Theology of the Body – Pope John Paul II’s teachings on human sexuality – noted author Dawn Eden has made a free copy of her master’s thesis, including a new preface and supporting material, available exclusively on CNA.
Author of the hit book “The Thrill of the Chaste,” Eden successfully defended her master’s thesis this past May 19 at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.
Speaking to CNA in a phone interview on August 9, Eden said, “My purpose in writing the thesis was to help the church’s teachers give a more accurate and faithful presentation of the Theology of the Body.”
Eden noted that “the material created by Christopher West and promoted by the Theology of the Body Institute is very popular, and very heavily marketed to parishes and dioceses.”
“So, if there are errors in the millions of copies of materials” that are currently circulating, “there’s no way that anyone could simply recall all of these because of certain errors here or there,” Eden said.
For that reason, the author explained, “I would hope that my thesis would help those who are teaching the Theology of the Body to better discern where there is a need to either correct or augment West’s presentation to make it more perfectly faithful to Church teaching.”
To read Eden’s full thesis, click below: