Taylor Swift’s Guide to Body Theology – The Culture Project

While his words are not taken as doctrine, many Culture Project missionaries believe Taylor Swift has a lot of good things to share with us. My friend Alex recently shared Taylor Swift’s Guide to Confession and I want to take Taylor Swift’s Guide to Body Theology one step further. After the re-release of Taylor Swift’s Red album, there was one particular song that stayed with me, not just because it was catchy. In my opinion, Taylor was inspired by the human experience of Pope St. He is on the hunt for a key piece from John Paul II’s TOB. No, it’s not 10 minutes of “All Too Well”, but something sacred here has about 3 minutes and 22 seconds… so let’s move on to “Holy Ground (Taylor’s Version)”.


Here’s Pope St. A Brief Summary of John Paul II The Man and Woman He Created: A Body Theology if this is your first time hearing this!

  1. Part I: Words of Christ
    1. Christ addresses “the beginning”
    2. Christ appeals to the human heart
    3. Christ calls for resurrection
  2. Part II: Holy Rite
    1. covenant and grace dimension
    2. Sign size:
    3. He inherited them the law of life

Today I want to focus on some key points in Part I that I think our daughter Taylor can wrap up in just a few lines. As Scripture begins, as JPII begins, I want to begin with the beginning of our human history: creation.

A quick note: We begin by examining the second account of man’s creation – the story of Adam and Eve, their life in the Garden of Eden, and their fall from grace. This part of our history is not presented as a definitive historical record, but rather appeals to early human experience through the “symbolism of the biblical language” (CCC 375). As JPII puts it best in TOB 11:1: “When we talk about primitive human experiences, we don’t really consider their distance in time as their fundamental importance. So the important thing is not that these experiences are part of human prehistory… they are always at the root of every human experience.

Christ focuses on ‘the beginning’, as Taylor Swift does

And baby was beautiful / I never looked down / And right where we stood / Holy land

Initially, Adam, in the midst of his loneliness, sought an answer to the question: Who am I? We still ask ourselves that question when we search for our identity. But when Eve came into the picture, we heard the breathtaking story of Adam’s breath, the relief and joy of discovering someone like him who wouldn’t leave her alone: And last but not least, bone of my bones, flesh of my flesh…” (Genesis 2:23). (TOB108:5) That primitive moment of union where “the two were one flesh” and “the man and his wife were naked but not ashamed” (Genesis 2:24-25) was an absolutely sacred place where they stood. suddenly realized that he, his body and his soul were meaningless without Eve He suddenly felt meaning with Eve and had a purpose Man and woman were literally organized for each other and their physical organs were working together to create a new organism from their life-giving love We were made for union with each other, with God, and this unique experience is written in our hearts And God Himself said, “It was. a lot good” (Genesis 1:31).

Christ and Taylor, a call to the human heart

I remember the other day / While I was only drinking coffee / Wow, it took me /… And that was the first day

It is easy to look back on the early moments of our first parents, the desire and appreciation for these four primordial beings: man and woman, body and mind, man and creation, and man and God. But we do know that the story is more than that and that Adam and Eve fell. By their original sin, these beings were torn and twisted.

And I think we broke up as usual And there’s dust on every page of the story But sometimes I wonder what you think And I see your face in every crowd

In the bitter reality of our humanity today, we see the discord between husband and wife, leading to use and lust instead of true love; We see that our differences are used to separate the sexes, not to unite us in complementarity. We see dissonance between body and soul, and often feel at odds with our bodies, as if we are souls “trapped” in our bodies, not mind-body people. We see dissonance between humans and creation, and we no longer know how to properly manage our world. And finally, we see many instances of disagreement with God, such as deifying other people or things, seeing God as more punitive than a merciful and good Father, not even trusting that He even exists… These are just a few. examples. And you pain. Deep in our hearts we know we were not made for this. We cannot help but read Creation in light of the harsh reality in which we live.

Christ focuses on the resurrection, and so does Taylor Swift

I’ll dance tonight For all we’ve been through But I don’t wanna dance Unless I’m dancing with you

Thank God our story doesn’t end with the apocalypse or our broken humanity! There is liberation your body is possible, starting with humanity, a here and there and now Resurrection your body that comes with eternal life (Apostolic Faith). The sanctity of marriage is present from the beginning to point us to the marriage marriage of the Lamb (Revelation 19:7). We have hope in the communion of the heavenly saints and communion with God, the blessed vision, the fulfillment of seeing God “face to face” at last. I think the words of Taylor Swift take this. we in heaven dance with our God! Shall we do dance with the union of the saints! We don’t have to dance unless we dance with the people we’re supposed to be with.

“In the joy of their love and family life, he gives them one here on earth. The Prelude to the Marriage Feast of the Lamb“(KKK 1642)

“Each of us must hope, under all circumstances, to endure by the grace of God “to the end” and reach the joy of heaven… [The Church] longs for union with his Bridegroom, Christ, in the glory of heaven. (C.C.C. 1821)


So what should we do now? We were in the middle of this story, hurt by the wounds of our past and desperate for healing and resurrection. Christ calls us to look to our past as well as to our future. We hear something very important from TOB 69:

“When Christ speaks of the future resurrection, his words are not in vain… It will be an entirely new experience and yet in no way alienate from the experience that man has shared from the beginning.” Man, the ‘world to come’, will find in this new experience of his body the realization of what he carries eternally and historically.”

We must seek healing. We have to hope for what will happen. We must pray, sing and dance with what is given to us now, especially when Taylor Swift is playing! And at the wedding feast in heaven we will prepare our hearts, minds and bodies to dance with our Lord.

For nothing is impossible with God.

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