Crossing the Threshold of Love. A new vision of marriage in the light of John Paul II's Anthropology
Crossing the Threshold of Love. A new vision of marriage in the light of John Paul II's Anthropology. The Catholic University of America Press; Second Printing edition (April 1, 1999)
The document contains two chapters of Shivanandan’s book “Crossing the Threshold of Love. A New Vision of Marriage in the Light of John Paul II’s Anthropology”, one of the most exhaustive and scholarly assessment of John Paul II's Christian anthropology ever written. The papal encyclical “Humanae Vitae” predicted the disintegration of marriage and family life, partly as a result of the widespread use of contraception. Pope John Paul II has since addressed the problem by articulating a fresh understanding of marriage, love, and sexuality which takes account of the dignity of the human person, and especially of women. This book examines the scientiﬁc data and the theological analysis that underlie his teachings on marriage and sexuality. This two chapters explore different ways of family planning and its dialogue with social science. Research on family planning has been biased towards ﬁnding the most effective way to limit births. This bias has determined research in the psychosocial area as well as the physiological. Nevertheless, the research conducted with sophisticated instruments has revealed the critical importance of communication in family planning. While the importance of husband-wife communication in family planning has been established, the role of natural family planning in improving couple communication needs to be explored further. The dynamics of natural family planning (NFP) use are more likely to be uncovered by naturalistic researchers in partnership with experienced NFP users.